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Autocracy and Redistribution: The Politics of Land Reform
1. Introduction 2. Actors, interests, and the origins of elite splits 3. A theory of land reform 4. Measuring land reform 5. A cross-national analysis of land reform in Latin America 6. Elite splits
Authoritarian Survival and Poverty Traps: Land Reform in Mexico
Why do governments in underdeveloped countries pursue policies that undercut long-term economic growth? Focusing on Mexico’s massive but inefficient land reform, we argue that governments do so to
Gaming Democracy: Elite Dominance During Transition and Prospects for Redistribution
Inequality and democracy are far more compatible empirically than predicted by social conflict theory. This paper speaks to this puzzle, identifying the scope conditions under which democratization
Landowners and Democracy: The Social Origins of Democracy Reconsidered
Are large landowners, especially those engaged in labor-dependent agriculture, detrimental to democratization and the subsequent survival of democracy? This assumption is at the heart of both
Authoritarianism and the Elite Origins of Democracy
This book argues that in terms of institutional design, the allocation of power and privilege, and the lived experiences of citizens, democracy often does not restart the political game after
Dictators as Founding Fathers? The Role of Constitutions Under Autocracy
This article advances a theory of why autocratic coalitions adopt constitutions. We argue that autocratic rulers adopt constitutions in the nascent stages of an autocratic coalition taking power,
Vote Buying With Multiple Distributive Goods
Within the rich literature on distributive politics, models of vote buying treat the distributive logic of different particularistic incentives as theoretically similar. This article relaxes that
The Role of Subnational Politicians in Distributive Politics: Political Bias in Venezuela's Land Reform under Chávez
This paper examines how the partisanship of empowered subnational politicians can impact within-district benefit distribution. I present a theory of the role of subnational politicians in
Land Reform as a Counterinsurgency Policy
Can targeted land reform reduce levels of civil war conflict by mitigating the factors that contribute to rural rebellion? This article uses new micro-level data on land reform and insurgency at the