Coercive Capacity and the Prospects for Democratization

  title={Coercive Capacity and the Prospects for Democratization},
  author={Michael Albertus and Victor Menaldo},
  journal={Comparative politics},
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 and democracy, empirical models of the determinants of democratization rarely include measures that capture this relationship. We generate a panel dataset with global scope from 1950-2002 to explicitly empirically assess whether coercive capacity is negatively associated with democracy. We find that… 

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