Democratic Consolidation: A Theory of Territorial Consolidation

Posted: 22 Aug 2018 Last revised: 9 Oct 2018

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Kelly M. McMann

Case Western Reserve University - Department of Political Science; Göteborg University - V-Dem Institute

Matthew Maguire

San José State University

Date Written: August 1, 2018

Abstract

How does democracy develop throughout a country once leaders in the national capital introduce or expand civil liberties and hold competitive elections—in other words, after democratic transition? The subnational democracy literature has shown that non-democratic subnational political regimes can endure within countries even after democratic transition. Yet, the democratic consolidation literature has not addressed how these enclaves are eliminated throughout the country or the territorial consolidation of democracy. This paper offers an explanation for the territorial consolidation of democracy. We argue that greater corruption control, a shift toward a unitary system of government, and a move toward centralized candidate selection promote territorial consolidation. Statistical analyses using V-Dem data, which cover 182 countries from 1900 to 2017, provide support for our argument.

Suggested Citation

McMann, Kelly M. and Maguire, Matthew, Democratic Consolidation: A Theory of Territorial Consolidation (August 1, 2018). V-Dem Working Paper 2018:74. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3236595 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3236595

Kelly M. McMann (Contact Author)

Case Western Reserve University - Department of Political Science ( email )

11201 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44106
United States

Göteborg University - V-Dem Institute ( email )

United States

Matthew Maguire

San José State University ( email )

San José, CA
United States

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