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Choosing the optimal public choice scenario through a democratic educational procedure: A history from ancient Athens

Economou, Emmanouel/Marios/Lazaros and Kyriazis, Nicholas (2017): Choosing the optimal public choice scenario through a democratic educational procedure: A history from ancient Athens.

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Abstract

In the present essay we argue that the Athenians were well aware that for a smooth functioning of democracy the citizens, who voted in the Assembly under direct democracy procedures, had to be educated. We argue that they had to find good solutions in the decision process of the Assembly. We analyse a public choice issue: the case of shipbuilding of the Athenian fleet that played a crucial defeat of the Persians in 480 BCE. The Athenians actually had to decide on a public choice set issue: sacrifice personal consumption in favour of the public good defence. We argue that the Athenians finally reached to the optimal choice, after having received at first undergone a process of democratic education.

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