The Democratic Window of Opportunity

@article{Aidt2014TheDW,
  title={The Democratic Window of Opportunity},
  author={Toke S. Aidt and Gabriel Leon},
  journal={Journal of Conflict Resolution},
  year={2014},
  volume={60},
  pages={694 - 717}
}
We show that drought-induced changes in the intensity of riots lead to moves toward democracy in sub-Saharan Africa and that these changes are often a result of concessions made as a result of the riots. This provides evidence that low-intensity conflict can have a substantial short-run impact on democratic change and supports the “window of opportunity” hypothesis: droughts lead to an increase in the threat of conflict, and incumbents often respond by making democratic concessions. 

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