Destined for Democracy? Labour Markets and Political Change in Colonial British America

@article{Nikolova2015DestinedFD,
  title={Destined for Democracy? Labour Markets and Political Change in Colonial British America},
  author={Elena Nikolova},
  journal={British Journal of Political Science},
  year={2015},
  volume={47},
  pages={19 - 45}
}
  • E. Nikolova
  • Published 27 July 2011
  • History, Economics
  • British Journal of Political Science
In this article a new explanation for the emergence of democratic institutions is proposed: elites may extend the right to vote to the masses in order to attract migrant workers. It is argued that representative assemblies serve as a commitment device for any promises made to labourers by those in power, and the argument is tested on a new political and economic dataset from the thirteen British American colonies. The results suggest that colonies that relied on white migrant labour, rather… 
Unexpected Lessons: The Political Economy of the Franchise in Colonial Virginia
This paper studies the evolution of the suffrage in colonial Virginia from the early seventeenth century until the American Revolution, using econometric analysis of a unique data set on the number
The Institutional and Economic Legacy of Democratic Colonizers
Scholars agree that colonialism was important for current differences in political regime types and economic well-being. How colonialism shaped country trajectories, however, remains controversial.
Democratic Contradictions in European Settler Colonies
abstract:How did political institutions emerge and evolve under colonial rule? This article studies a key colonial actor and establishes core democratic contradictions in European settler colonies.
Economic Geography, Political Inequality, and Public Goods in the Original 13 U.S. States
A large and fruitful literature has focused on the impact of colonial legacies on long-term development. Yet the mechanisms through which these legacies get transmitted over time remain ambiguous.
A short history of constitutional liberalism in America
American liberalism emerged before the most famous European liberal intellectuals put their pens to paper. It was grounded partly on liberal ideas that were in the air before those works were
Exchange rates and immigration policy
What explains cross-national and temporal variations in migrant rights? This article argues that policymakers implement more exclusionary or inclusive policies toward migrants in response to
The Middle Passage
Understanding Black Slavery in the New World
  • S. Katz
  • History
    The Holocaust and New World Slavery
  • 2019
Considering Slave Demography in the New World
  • S. Katz
  • History
    The Holocaust and New World Slavery
  • 2019
...
...

References

SHOWING 1-10 OF 127 REFERENCES
Unexpected Lessons: The Political Economy of the Franchise in Colonial Virginia
This paper studies the evolution of the suffrage in colonial Virginia from the early seventeenth century until the American Revolution, using econometric analysis of a unique data set on the number
Democracy in America: Labor Mobility, Early Liberalism, and Constitutional Reform
Relatively liberal economic and political institutions emerged earlier in America than appreciated by most social scientists. They did not emerge in one great leap forward, but through a gradual
Economic Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy
This book develops a framework for analyzing the creation and consolidation of democracy. Different social groups prefer different political institutions because of the way they allocate political
Finding Eldorado: Slavery and Long-Run Development in Colombia
Slavery has been a major institution of labor coercion throughout history. Colonial societies used slavery intensively across the Americas, and slavery remained prevalent in most countries after
The Evolution of Suffrage Institutions in the New World
Extreme variation in the extent of inequality emerged early across the New World colonies established by the Europeans, and we hypothesized in previous work that these contrasts persisted over time
Inequality and Democratization: A Contractarian Approach
Scholars continue to grapple with the question of the relationship between economic development and democratization; prominent recent research has focused on the effects of economic inequality. Boix
Democracy in America.
Abridged, with an Introduction by Patrick Renshaw. Democracy in America is a classic of political philosophy. Hailed by John Stuart Mill and Horace Greely as the finest book ever written on the
Some social requisites of democracy : economic development and political legitimacy
The conditions associated with the existence and stability of democratic society have been a leading concern of political philosophy. In this paper the problem is attacked from a sociological and
Power And Prosperity: Outgrowing Communist And Capitalist Dictatorships
This final work by a world-renowned economist will take its place among the classics of political economy. . Why do some economies do better than others? How does society encourage the kind of market
The Colonial Origins of Comparative Development: An Empirical Investigation: Comment
Acemoglu, Johnson, and Robinson's (2001) seminal article argues property-rights institutions powerfully affect national income, using estimated mortality rates of early European settlers to
...
...