The Myth of the Democratic Advantage

The Myth of the Democratic Advantage Existing research points to a democratic advantage in public good provision. Compared to their authoritarian counterparts, democratically elected leaders face more political competition and must please a larger portion of the population to stay in office. This paper provides an impartial reevaluation of the empirical record using the techniques of global sensitivity analysis. Democracy proves to have no systematic association with a range of health and education outcomes, despite an abundance of published empirical and theoretical findings to the contrary. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Studies in Comparative International Development Springer Journals

The Myth of the Democratic Advantage

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Springer US
Copyright
Copyright © 2015 by Springer Science+Business Media New York
Subject
Social Sciences; Social Sciences, general
ISSN
0039-3606
eISSN
1936-6167
D.O.I.
10.1007/s12116-015-9192-4
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Abstract

Existing research points to a democratic advantage in public good provision. Compared to their authoritarian counterparts, democratically elected leaders face more political competition and must please a larger portion of the population to stay in office. This paper provides an impartial reevaluation of the empirical record using the techniques of global sensitivity analysis. Democracy proves to have no systematic association with a range of health and education outcomes, despite an abundance of published empirical and theoretical findings to the contrary.

Journal

Studies in Comparative International DevelopmentSpringer Journals

Published: Aug 4, 2015

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