Traditional Political Institutions and Democracy: Reassessing Their Compatibility and Accountability

  title={Traditional Political Institutions and Democracy: Reassessing Their Compatibility and Accountability},
  author={Kate Baldwin and Katharina Holzinger},
  journal={Comparative Political Studies},
  pages={1747 - 1774}
This article revisits prominent frameworks for understanding traditional political institutions which make pessimistic assessments about their compatibility with democracy. Traditional political institutions are often assumed to be unaccountable because they are led by undemocratic leaders who are not subject to electoral sanctioning. However, drawing on new information from the TradGov Group dataset, an expert survey on the contemporary practices of more than 1,400 ethnic groups that currently… 

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