Remittances and Democratization

  title={Remittances and Democratization},
  author={Abel Escrib{\`a}-Folch and Covadonga Meseguer and Joseph G Wright},
  journal={Migration and Democracy},
Do remittances stabilize autocracies? Remittances—money sent by foreign workers to individuals in their home country—differ from other sources of external non-tax revenue, such as foreign aid, because they accrue directly to individuals and thus raise the incomes of households. We argue that remittances increase the likelihood of democratic transition by undermining electoral support for autocratic incumbents in party-based regimes. Remittances therefore make voters less dependent on state… 

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