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No 2010:7:
Democracy as a Middle Ground: A Uni…ed Theory of Development and Political Regimes

Anna Larsson () and Stephen Parente ()

Abstract: A large literature documents that autocratic regimes have not, on average, outperformed democratic regimes, although they do display greater variance in economic performance. At the same time, no long-lived autocracy currently is rich whereas every long-lived democracy is. This paper puts forth a theory to account for these observations. The theory rests on the idea that autocratic leaders are heterogenous in their preferences and the idea that special interest groups can successfully lobby a democratic regime for policies that delay industrialization. We show that an elite landed class chooses to democratize society only after the economy has accumulated enough wealth.

Keywords: Autocracy; Democracy; Landed Elites; Growth Miracles; Vested Interests; (follow links to similar papers)

JEL-Codes: O10; P16; (follow links to similar papers)

44 pages, May 27, 2010

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