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But this is important regarding redistribution policies because it means that unless altruism can be shown to be the reason any redistriution must have provided enough benefits to the haves as it did to the have-nots. So, in order to make the case the diarist is making you have to assume that altruism is a powerful enough motivator for collective political action.  I'm arguing that although it's been studied pretty deeply, there just isn't very convincing evidence of that, so it's better to bet on multipliers.
by santiago on Mon Mar 2nd, 2009 at 12:29:48 PM EST
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You do not need to have the wealthy on board for redistribution. You only need 50 % plus one.

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by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Mon Mar 2nd, 2009 at 01:58:54 PM EST
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Not true, especially in Europe with proportional representation legislatures and the lack of need for a majority to govern, with the resultant log rolling. A powerful minority can usually be shown to carry the day (that's what the whole academic literature on Political Economy is about) over the majority due to the fact of concentrated versus diffuse interests.  
by santiago on Mon Mar 2nd, 2009 at 04:01:32 PM EST
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