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Remittances and protest in dictatorships

Escriba-Folch, Abel, Meseguer, Covadonga and Wright, Joseph (2018) Remittances and protest in dictatorships. American Journal of Political Science, 62 (4). 889 - 904. ISSN 0092-5853

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Identification Number: 10.1111/ajps.12382


Remittances - money migrant workers send back home - are the second largest source of international financial flows in developing countries. As with other sources of international finance, such as foreign direct investment and foreign aid, worker remittances shape politics in recipient countries. We examine the political consequences of remittances by exploring how they influence anti-government protest behavior. While recent research argues that remittances have a pernicious effect on politics by contributing to authoritarian stability, we argue the opposite: remittances increase political protest in non-democracies by augmenting the resources available to potential political opponents. Using cross-national data on a latent measure of anti-government political protest, we show that remittances increase protest. To explore the mechanism linking remittances to protest, we turn to individual-level data from eight non-democracies in Africa to show that remittance receipt increases protest in opposition areas but not in progovernment regions.

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Additional Information: © 2018 Midwest Political Science Association
Divisions: International Relations
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Date Deposited: 04 Jul 2018 13:59
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 00:39
Funders: British Academy, Economic Research Southern Africa

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