When the Greeks loved the Germans:The political economy of King’s Otto reign

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Abstract

In 1832 Prince Otto Wittelsbach of Bavaria was appointed King of the newly founded independent Greek state. Otto’s reign was a momentous period for Greece, initially under Regency then under Otto as an absolute ruler and from 1843 as a constitutional monarch until his expulsion in 1862. Using the historical record the paper focuses on three political economy questions, namely, the rationale for the foundation of a state, which relates to the provision of public goods and rent distribution, the constitutional order of the state regarding the choice between monarchy or republic, and the emergence of democracy by revolution or evolution.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGerman-Greek Yearbook of Political Economy, Volume 1/2018
Place of PublicationMunich, Germany
PublisherACCEDO Verlagsgesellschaft
Pages2-31
ISBN (Print)978-3-88278-300-1
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 29 Dec 2017

Keywords

  • Greece
  • King Otto
  • monarchy
  • revolution
  • democracy
  • commitment
  • rent creation and rent seeking
  • constitutional exchange

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    Tridimas, G. (2017). When the Greeks loved the Germans:The political economy of King’s Otto reign. In German-Greek Yearbook of Political Economy, Volume 1/2018 (pp. 2-31). Munich, Germany: ACCEDO Verlagsgesellschaft.