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  • Niklas Potrafke

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Using the POLITY IV and Freedom House indices, Rowley and Smith (Public Choice 139(3–4):273, 2009 ) found that countries with Muslim majorities enjoy less freedom and are less democratic than countries in which Muslims are a minority. Because the POLITY IV and Freedom House indices have been criticized on several grounds, I reinvestigate Rowley and Smith’s finding using the new Democracy-Dictatorship data from Cheibub et al. (Public Choice 143(1–2):67, 2010 ). The empirical results confirm that countries with Muslim majorities are indeed less likely to be democratic. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2012

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Volume (Year): 151 (2012)
Issue (Month): 1 (April)
Pages: 185-192

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Handle: RePEc:kap:pubcho:v:151:y:2012:i:1:p:185-192

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Keywords: Islam; Religion; Democracy; Political institutions; Z12; O11; P16; P48; F59;

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  1. Are Muslims better off when they are minorities?
    by Ariel Goldring in Free Market Mojo on 2011-01-06 14:00:48
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    by Ariel Goldring in Free Market Mojo on 2010-11-21 12:15:22
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