Electoral Authoritarianism and Human Development

  title={Electoral Authoritarianism and Human Development},
  author={Michael K. Miller},
  journal={Comparative Political Studies},
  pages={1526 - 1562}
Do autocratic institutions matter for the welfare of average citizens? Despite the large literature comparing democracies and autocracies, we know little about how human development outcomes differ among autocratic types. Contrary to conventional wisdom, this article argues that contested autocratic elections promote human development by improving state accountability and capacity. Using an instrumental variables setup, I show that the presence and history of multiparty autocratic elections… 

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