Determinants of Democracy

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dc.contributor.author Barro, Robert J.
dc.date.accessioned 2010-01-12T14:26:22Z
dc.date.issued 1999
dc.identifier.citation Barro, Robert J. 1999. Determinants of democracy. Journal of Political Economy 107(S6): 158-183. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0022-3808 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:3451297
dc.description.abstract A panel study of over 100 countries from 1960 to 1995 finds that improvements in the standard of living predict increase in democracy, as measured by a subjective indicator of electoral rights. The propensity for democracy rises with per capita GDP, primary schooling, and a smaller gap between male and female primary attainment. For a given standard of living, democaracy tends to fall with urbnization and with a greater reliance on natrual resources. Democracy has little relation to country size but rises with the middle‐class share of income. The apparently strong relation of democracy to colonial heritage mostly disappears when the economic variables are held constant. Similarly, the allowance for these economic variables weakens the interplay between democracy and religious affiliation. However, negative effects from Muslim and non‐religious affiliations remain intact. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Economics en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher University of Chicago Press en_US
dc.relation.isversionof doi:10.1086/250107 en_US
dash.license LAA
dc.title Determinants of Democracy en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.description.version Version of Record en_US
dc.relation.journal Journal of Political Economy -Chicago- en_US
dash.depositing.author Barro, Robert J.
dc.date.available 2010-01-12T14:26:22Z

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