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Democracy and Transparency


B. Peter Rosendorff


New York University (NYU) - Wilf Family Department of Politics

James R. Hollyer


Department of Political Science, University of Minnesota

James Raymond Vreeland


Georgetown University - Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service (SFS); Georgetown University - Department of Government

January 27, 2011


Abstract:     
Are democracies more transparent than other types of political regimes? Many people believe that the presence of elections alone is not sufficient for a country to be considered democratic, and that transparency must be included as part of the definition of political regime. We agree that contestability of elections and transparency of policy-making are analytically distinct concepts. Adopting minimalist approaches to democracy and transparency, we ask a basic question: do electoral politics provide incentives for governments to disseminate data? Or, instead, do electoral politics generate incentives to obfuscate information? We thus investigate theoretically the relationship between regime-type and the willingness of policy-makers to provide credible announcements on policy-relevant variables. And we demonstrate empirically that the availability (or absence) of policy-relevant data is correlated with regime type, even after controlling for level of development, participation in IMF programs, country-specific effects, and the effects of time. Democracies are indeed more transparent.

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Date posted: January 29, 2011  

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Rosendorff, B. Peter and Hollyer, James R. and Vreeland, James Raymond, Democracy and Transparency (January 27, 2011). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1750824 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1750824

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Bryan Peter Rosendorff (Contact Author)
New York University (NYU) - Wilf Family Department of Politics ( email )
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James R. Hollyer
Department of Political Science, University of Minnesota ( email )
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James Raymond Vreeland
Georgetown University - Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service (SFS) ( email )
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United States
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Georgetown University - Department of Government
United States
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HOME PAGE: http://www.profvreeland.com/
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