Political Dynasties in Democracies: Causes, Consequences and Remaining Puzzles

9 Pages Posted: 25 Oct 2017

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Benny Geys

BI Norwegian Business School; Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) - Applied Economics Department

Daniel M. Smith

Harvard University - Department of Government

Date Written: October 2017

Abstract

Kinship often continues to play an important role in determining the ruling class even under modern democratic elections in a wide range of countries. In recent years, academic interest in the causes and consequences of such dynasties has been rapidly expanding. In this introduction to the Feature, we review existing work on political dynasties’ formation and potential implications for socio‐economic outcomes (such as economic growth, distributive policy, and gender representation), and outline a number of questions and challenges that remain important avenues for future research.

Suggested Citation

Geys, Benny and Smith, Daniel M., Political Dynasties in Democracies: Causes, Consequences and Remaining Puzzles (October 2017). The Economic Journal, Vol. 127, Issue 605, pp. F446-F454, 2017. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3058406 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ecoj.12442

Benny Geys (Contact Author)

BI Norwegian Business School ( email )

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Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) - Applied Economics Department ( email )

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Daniel M. Smith

Harvard University - Department of Government ( email )

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Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

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