Democracy and Education in Twentieth‐Century Latin America

26 Pages Posted: 24 Jun 2014

See all articles by Dalibor S. Eterovic

Dalibor S. Eterovic

Universidad Adolfo Ibañez

Cassandra M. Sweet

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: July 2014

Abstract

Do democratic electoral systems strengthen a country's outcomes in education? Does the degree of inclusiveness of a democratic system matter? This article offers evidence that political competition and the inclusion of marginalized populations in electoral systems transformed education over an 80‐year period in Latin America. It finds that democracy has a positive effect on education enrollment and illustrates how current work on democracy and development has overlooked important democratic subcomponents, specifically, who votes and how. Our results deepen current work on democracy, operationalizing the impact of electoral expansion in comparative analysis and showing how democracies respond to specific education demands.

Suggested Citation

Eterovic, Dalibor S. and Sweet, Cassandra M., Democracy and Education in Twentieth‐Century Latin America (July 2014). Economics & Politics, Vol. 26, Issue 2, pp. 237-262, 2014, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2458208 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ecpo.12033

Dalibor S. Eterovic (Contact Author)

Universidad Adolfo Ibañez ( email )

Santiago
Chile

Cassandra M. Sweet

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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