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Politicians: be killed or survive

  • Benno Torgler
  • Bruno Frey

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In the course of history, a large number of politicians have been assassinated. To investigate this phenomenon, rational choice hypotheses are developed and tested using a large data set covering close to 100 countries over a period of 20 years. Several strategies, in addition to security measures, are shown to significantly reduce the probability of politicians being attacked or killed: extended institutional and governance quality, democracy, voice and accountability, a well-functioning system of law and order, decentralization via the division of power and federalism, larger cabinet size and a stronger civil society. There is also support for a contagion effect. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2013

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Volume (Year): 156 (2013)
Issue (Month): 1 (July)
Pages: 357-386

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