Democratic Tipping Points

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Antonio Ciccone

Universitat Pompeu Fabra - Faculty of Economic and Business Sciences; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

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Date Written: March 2018

Abstract

I examine whether transitory events can tip the scales against authoritarian regimes and lead to persistent democratization. I think of situations where this is a possibility as democratic tipping points. The transitory events I focus on are rainfall shocks in the most agricultural countries in the world. I show that while these shocks only affect agricultural output contemporaneously, they have persistent effects on political institutions. Authoritarian regimes experiencing negative rainfall shocks are more likely to be democratic three, five, and ten years later.

Keywords: persistent democratization, transitory shocks

Suggested Citation

Ciccone, Antonio, Democratic Tipping Points (March 2018). CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP12785. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3138847

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