The origins of governments: from anarchy to hierarchy

Journal of Institutional Economics Vol/Iss. 6 Published In Pages: 215-242
By Baker, Matthew, Blute, Erwin, Weisdorf, Jacob


This study develops a model of the conditions under which a societies switch from a anarchy to a hierarchy. Empirical results suggest that the presence of police, technological sophistication, population density, and food storage are positively associated with the presence of a territorial hierarchy.

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