The Merits of Democracy in Famine Protection – Fact or Fallacy?

  title={The Merits of Democracy in Famine Protection – Fact or Fallacy?},
  author={Olivier Rubin},
  journal={The European Journal of Development Research},
  • Olivier Rubin
  • Published 28 October 2009
  • Sociology
  • The European Journal of Development Research
Amartya Sen's assertion that democratic institutions together with a free press provide effective protection from famine is one of the most cited and broadly accepted contributions in modern famine theory. Through a mix of qualitative and quantitative evidence, this article critically examines whether indeed democracies do provide protection from famine. The qualitative research builds on analyses of democratic political dynamics in famine situations (in Bihar 1966, Malawi 2002 and Niger 2005… 
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