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Islam and democracy

  • Potrafke, Niklas

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.

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Paper provided by University of Munich, Department of Economics in its series Munich Reprints in Economics with number 19273.

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Date of creation: 2012
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Publication status: Published in Public Choice 1-2 151(2012): pp. 185-192
Handle: RePEc:lmu:muenar:19273
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