Economic development and democracy: An electoral connection

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Economic development and democracy : An electoral connection. / Knutsen, Carl Henrik; Gerring, John; Skaaning, Svend Erik; Teorell, Jan; Maguire, Matthew; Coppedge, Michael; Lindberg, Staffan I.

In: European Journal of Political Research, Vol. 58, No. 1, 2019, p. 292-314.

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Knutsen, CH, Gerring, J, Skaaning, SE, Teorell, J, Maguire, M, Coppedge, M & Lindberg, SI 2019, 'Economic development and democracy: An electoral connection', European Journal of Political Research, vol. 58, no. 1, pp. 292-314. https://doi.org/10.1111/1475-6765.12282

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Knutsen, C. H., Gerring, J., Skaaning, S. E., Teorell, J., Maguire, M., Coppedge, M., & Lindberg, S. I. (2019). Economic development and democracy: An electoral connection. European Journal of Political Research, 58(1), 292-314. https://doi.org/10.1111/1475-6765.12282

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Knutsen, Carl Henrik ; Gerring, John ; Skaaning, Svend Erik ; Teorell, Jan ; Maguire, Matthew ; Coppedge, Michael ; Lindberg, Staffan I. / Economic development and democracy : An electoral connection. In: European Journal of Political Research. 2019 ; Vol. 58, No. 1. pp. 292-314.

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TY - JOUR

T1 - Economic development and democracy

T2 - An electoral connection

AU - Knutsen, Carl Henrik

AU - Gerring, John

AU - Skaaning, Svend Erik

AU - Teorell, Jan

AU - Maguire, Matthew

AU - Coppedge, Michael

AU - Lindberg, Staffan I.

PY - 2019

Y1 - 2019

N2 - Scholars continue to debate whether economic development affects regime type. This article argues that a clear relationship exists between development and the electoral component of democracy, but not – or at least less so – between development and other components of broader understandings of democracy. This is so because development enhances the power resources of citizens and elections provide a focal point for collective action. The theory is tested with two new datasets – Varieties of Democracy and Lexical Index of Electoral Democracy – that allow us to disaggregate the concept of democracy into meso- and micro-level indicators. Results of these tests corroborate the theory: only election-centred indicators are robustly associated with economic development. This may help to account for apparent inconsistencies across extant studies and shed light on the mechanisms at work in a much-studied relationship. Further analysis shows that development affects electoral democracy by reducing electoral fraud, election violence and vote buying.

AB - Scholars continue to debate whether economic development affects regime type. This article argues that a clear relationship exists between development and the electoral component of democracy, but not – or at least less so – between development and other components of broader understandings of democracy. This is so because development enhances the power resources of citizens and elections provide a focal point for collective action. The theory is tested with two new datasets – Varieties of Democracy and Lexical Index of Electoral Democracy – that allow us to disaggregate the concept of democracy into meso- and micro-level indicators. Results of these tests corroborate the theory: only election-centred indicators are robustly associated with economic development. This may help to account for apparent inconsistencies across extant studies and shed light on the mechanisms at work in a much-studied relationship. Further analysis shows that development affects electoral democracy by reducing electoral fraud, election violence and vote buying.

KW - democracy

KW - democratisation

KW - economic development

KW - elections

KW - modernisation

U2 - 10.1111/1475-6765.12282

DO - 10.1111/1475-6765.12282

M3 - Article

VL - 58

SP - 292

EP - 314

JO - European Journal of Political Research

JF - European Journal of Political Research

SN - 0304-4130

IS - 1

ER -