Resistance to Institutions and Cultural Distance: Brigandage in Post-Unification Italy

64 Pages Posted: 20 Dec 2017

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Giampaolo Lecce

University of Groningen - Faculty of Economics and Business

Laura Ogliari

Bocconi University

Tommaso Orlando

Bank of Italy

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Date Written: December 17, 2017

Abstract

We study how cultural distance affects the rejection of imposed institutions. To do so, we exploit the transplantation of Piedmontese institutions on Southern Italy that occurred during the Italian unification. We assemble a novel and unique dataset containing municipal-level information on episodes of brigandage, a form of violent uprising against the unitary government. We use the geographic distance from local settlements of Piedmontese descent as a proxy for the cultural distance between each municipality and the new rulers. We find robust evidence that cultural distance from the origins of the transplanted institutions is significantly associated with more intense resistance to these institutions. Our results further suggest that the rejection of the transplanted institutions may have a long-lasting effect on political participation.

Keywords: Institutions, Institutional Transplantations, Culture, Social Unrest, Electoral Turnout

JEL Classification: N43, D74, P16, Z10

Suggested Citation

Lecce, Giampaolo and Ogliari, Laura and Orlando, Tommaso, Resistance to Institutions and Cultural Distance: Brigandage in Post-Unification Italy (December 17, 2017). Cowles Foundation Discussion Paper No. 2097R, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3090565 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3090565

Giampaolo Lecce (Contact Author)

University of Groningen - Faculty of Economics and Business ( email )

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Netherlands

Laura Ogliari

Bocconi University ( email )

Via Sarfatti, 25
Milan, 20136
Italy

Tommaso Orlando

Bank of Italy ( email )

Via Nazionale 91
Rome, 00184
Italy

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