Friday, February 22, 2013

Transmission of democracy

The Transmission of Democracy: From Village to the Nation-State by Giuliano and Nunn

Abstract. We provide evidence that a tradition of village democracy is associated with the presence of national democracy today. We also show that a tradition of local democracy is associated with attitudes that  are more supportive of democracy, with better quality institutions, and  with  higher levels of economic development.  Our findings  indicate  persistence in democratic institutions over
time,  and suggest the importance of traditional local institutions for wellfunctioning national-level institutions.
via Chris Blattman post The Athens Affect
Similar earlier posts here and here.

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