Good for democracy? Evidence from the 2004 NATO expansion

  title={Good for democracy? Evidence from the 2004 NATO expansion},
  author={Paul Poast and Alexandra Chinchilla},
  journal={International Politics},
Did NATO expansion foster democratic development in Eastern Europe? Past scholarship offers conflicting answers to this question. We seek to bring clarity by focusing on the 2004 NATO expansion to include the three Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, as well as Bulgaria, Romania, Slovakia, and Slovenia. We leverage the fact that we now as many years of data since NATO entry as we have between the collapse of the Soviet Union and the 2004 NATO expansion. We also use newly available… Expand
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