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Remittances and democratization

Escriba-Folch, Abel, Meseguer, Covadonga and Wright, Joseph (2015) Remittances and democratization. International Studies Quarterly, 59 (3). pp. 571-586. ISSN 0020-8833

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Identification Number: 10.1111/isqu.12180

Abstract

Do remittances stabilize autocracies? Remittances—money sent by foreign workers to individuals in their home country—differ from other sources of external non-tax revenue, such as foreign aid, because they accrue directly to individuals and thus raise the incomes of households. We argue that remittances increase the likelihood of democratic transition by undermining electoral support for autocratic incumbents in party-based regimes. Remittances therefore make voters less dependent on state transfers. As a result, autocracies that rely heavily on the broad-based distribution of spoils for their survival, namely party-based regimes, should prove especially vulnerable to increases in remittances. Evidence consistent with this argument suggests that remittances promote democratization in some dictatorships

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(IS...
Additional Information: © 2015 International Studies Association
Divisions: International Relations
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Sets: Departments > International Relations
Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2015 10:58
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2019 02:12
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/63711

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