Circus Theory of Democracy
Circus Theory of Democracy. It is a theory based on demand side of politics: the mass. The mass demands bread and circus from political system. Certainly, the bread part corresponds to a few theories of democracy based on economic level and/or growth. But, there is another part of democracy. Frequently-mentioned anomaly related to why people to vote anyway is related to this circus part. In order to enjoy the circus, you have to pay for the ticket: going to barrot box. So, people might go on revolt when they are fed up with the current political regime. In another word, it is when people get bored.
You might ask how this theory or conjecture fits to institution-type explanation of democracy. Well, one of explanation is supply and demand. Politicians should step down instead of doing coup when they are knocked out in the election. Institution should be strong enough to let politicians to decide voluntarily step down. Probably, anthropologists should have long before argued along this line of thoughts. The difference should be that this be evidence-based. Recent collection of polls should provide some way out.
Perhaps, this line of argument is consistent with the most promising argument of the birth of terrorism. So, people consumes political goods and economic goods. Democracy is a regime which offers political goods (aka circus) and partially intervenes the production of economic goods (aka bread). Even when price of political goods gets higher, sometime people consumes more political goods: revolt under repression? That is the case of giffen good. Simple enough.