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Foreign aid, economic globalization, and pollution
AbstractThis paper explores how trade and foreign direct investment (FDI) condition the effect of foreign aid on environmental protection in aid-recipient countries. We suggest that (1) environmentalExpand
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 afterExpand
The Institutions Curse: Natural Resources, Politics, and Development
The 'resource curse' is the view that countries with extensive natural resources tend to suffer from a host of undesirable outcomes, including the weakening of state capacity, authoritarianism, fewerExpand
Democracy, Elite Bias, and Financial Development in Latin America
Does democracy induce financial development? There are good theoretical reasons to believe this to be the case, but the evidence adduced to support this claim has been mixed. In this article, theExpand
Coercive Capacity and the Prospects for Democratization
How does the strength of a state’s coercive apparatus under autocracy affect the likelihood of democratic transition? While a broad range of literature posits a negative link between repression andExpand
The New Political Economy of Natural Resources in Latin America
  • Victor Menaldo
  • History, Economics
  • Latin American Politics and Society
  • 1 March 2015
t is widely known that there is a negative correlation between natural resourcereliance and political and economic development. Consider, in particular, theGreat Arid Zoneof Afro-Eurasia, whichExpand
If You’re Against Them You’re With Us
This article advances a theory of why some dictators weaken the elite through expropriation whereas others do not. When the organization that launches a new dictator into power is uncertain aboutExpand
Dealing with Dictators: Negotiated Democratization and the Fate of Outgoing Autocrats
This paper examines how the circumstances of democratic transition affect the consequences of losing office for outgoing dictators. Using data on constitutional origins and democratization from 1875Expand
Constraining Dictatorship: From Personalized Rule to Institutionalized Regimes. By Anne Meng. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2020. 275p. $105.00 cloth, $39.99 paper.
Francesca R. Jensenius). Lastly, chapter 8 (by Belén Fernández M. and Candelaria Garay) analyzes how subnational actors can influence rule-writing processes to produce yet another type ofExpand
Democracy, Elite Bias, and Redistribution in Latin America
ARE DEMOCRACIES MORE REDISTRIBUTIVE than autocracies? That is, do they enact regulatory and fiscal policies that tend to equalize market incomes and transfer wealth from the rich to the poor? If so,Expand