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Economic Development and Democracy: the View from Latin America

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This article provides a robust empirical test of the economic development thesis using time‐series data on seventeen Latin American countries (n=408). It specifies similar models (both linear and non‐linear) to those found in the global comparative literature on economic development and democracy in an effort to replicate their findings at the regional level. The statistical analysis shows that the positive relationship between economic development and democracy is not upheld at this level, even when using alternative measures of both and controlling for sub‐regional variation. Overall, the analysis provides a regional ‘most likely’ study that infirms the main claims of modernization theory.

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  • Todd Landman, 1999. "Economic Development and Democracy: the View from Latin America," Political Studies, Political Studies Association, vol. 47(4), pages 607-626, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:polstu:v:47:y:1999:i:4:p:607-626
    DOI: 10.1111/1467-9248.00220
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    1. Mohammad Reza Farzanegan & Sajjad Faraji Dizaji, 2014. "Political Institutions and Government Spending Behavior in Iran," MAGKS Papers on Economics 201403, Philipps-Universität Marburg, Faculty of Business Administration and Economics, Department of Economics (Volkswirtschaftliche Abteilung).
    2. Ana Margarida Oliveira Brochado & Francisco Vitorino Martins, 2005. "Democracy and Economic Development: a Fuzzy Classification Approach," FEP Working Papers 180, Universidade do Porto, Faculdade de Economia do Porto.

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