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Democracy and Development: Political Institutions and Well-Being in the World, 1950–1990
Introduction 1. Democracies and dictatorships 2. Dynamic of political regimes 3. Political regimes and economic growth 4. Political instability and economic growth 5. Political regimes and populationExpand
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Classifying political regimes
This study presents a classification of political regimes as democracies and dictatorships for a set of 141 countries between 1950 or the year of independence and 1990. It improves existingExpand
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Modernization: Theories and Facts
What makes political regimes rise, endure, and fall? The main question is whether the observed close relation between levels of economic development and the incidence of democratic regimes is due toExpand
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The logic of comparative social inquiry
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Political Regimes and Economic Growth
Arguments that relate regimes to growth focus on property rights, pressures for immediate consumption, and the autonomy of dictators. While everyone seems to agree that secure property rights fosterExpand
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The effect of IMF programs on economic growth
Using a bivariate, dynamic version of the Heckman selection model, we estimate the effect of participation in International Monetary Fund (IMF) programs on economic growth. We find evidence thatExpand
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Authoritarian Institutions and the Survival of Autocrats
Why do some autocrats survive for decades, and others fall soon after taking power? The authors argue that when authoritarian rulers need to solicit the cooperation of outsiders or deter the threatExpand
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Decentralization and the Quality of Government
How does political decentralization affect the quality of government? Greater decentralization might make governments more honest and efficient by bringing officials “closer to the people” andExpand
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Cooperation, Cooptation, and Rebellion Under Dictatorships
Dictatorships are not all the same: some are purely autocratic but many exhibit a full panoply of seemingly democratic institutions. To explain these differences, we develop a model in whichExpand
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