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Do Elections Matter for Economic Performance?

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In mature democracies, elections discipline leaders to deliver good economic performance. Since the fall of the Soviet Union most developing countries also hold elections, but these are often marred by illicit tactics. Using a new global data set, this paper investigates whether these illicit tactics are merely blemishes or substantially undermine the economic efficacy of elections. We show that illicit tactics are widespread, and that they reduce the incentive for governments to deliver good...

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University of Oxford
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Oxford, SSD, Economics
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University of Oxford
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Oxford, SSD, Economics
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Centre for the Study of African Economies Publisher's website
Volume:
WPS/2010-35
Publication date:
2010-11-05
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uuid:4157a794-6787-4eb6-81e4-a3da6f84131b
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oai:economics.ouls.ox.ac.uk:12240
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English

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