Emerging Democracies

Emerging Democracies


John Nye | Jun 21, 2011
This essay uses the Philippines as a case study to suggest what is wrong with leading development prescriptions.
Karol Boudreaux | Mar 08, 2010
As a result of a very long history of discriminatory legislation, black South Africans suffered substantial harms at the hands of past governments. Following the political transition in 1994, the new…
Ryan A. Compton, Noel D. Johnson,, Daniel C. Giedeman | Oct 2009
Robust institutional change is difficult to achieve.  However, the growth paths of some countries are more likely to be affected by contemporaneous political turmoil than others.  This paper supports…
Peter Leeson, Andrea Dean | Jul 15, 2009
According to the democratic domino theory, increases or decreases in democracy in one country spread and “infect” neighboring countries, increasing or decreasing their democracy in turn. Using spatial econometrics and panel data that covers over 130 countries between 1850 and 2000, this paper empirically investigates the democratic domino theory.
Jutta Tobias, Karol Boudreaux | Jun 2009
Entrepreneurship is widely acknowledged as a catalyst for poverty reduction and economic development. This paper presents evidence from a field survey conducted during the summer of 2008 among a…
Jack Goldstone | Jun 16, 2009
Theories of revolutions are moving away from a predominantly structural view, in favor of a more process oriented view. In this approach, revolutionary situations emerge from a combination of structural background factors that present challenges to states or that increase conflicts among states, elites, and popular groups.

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Speeches & Presentations

Expert Commentary



Christopher Coyne, Jack Goldstone, | March 03, 2011
With the current turmoil in the Middle East and shifting political tides, it is difficult to predict the changes that will result from today's events. To discuss the current situation, the Mercatus Center and the George Mason University Economics Society brought together a panel of academics and development experts to discuss the political and economic change that the Middle East is experiencing.

Recent Events

The present institutional structure of the international system does not provide sufficient stimulus for transition to republican democracy as liberal optimists hope. Neither does liberal…


Anthony Evans, Paul Dragos Aligica | Mar 13, 2009
Very few studies have ventured to explore the shift in economic ideas that were such a critical factor in shaping and understanding the East European transition process. Paul Dragos Aligica and…

Media Clippings

Christopher Coyne | Jun 10, 2013
As summarized in this Cato Daily Podcast, Coyne argues that even though coercive and non-coercive forms of state-led humanitarian action can alleviate short-term human suffering, it cannot replicate individual instances of success systematically.
Christopher Coyne | Jun 06, 2013
Humanitarian action, whether short-term aid after a crisis or long-term development assistance, is generally approached as a technical challenge. Economist Chris Coyne challenges this engineering mentality in his new book Doing Bad By Doing Good: Why Humanitarian Action Fails.
Arnold Kling | Apr 02, 2012
Arnold Kling compares and contrasts two recent books on the mergence of liberal democracy.
Timur Kuran | May 28, 2011
Timur Kuran writes in the New York Times on the importance of civil society to emerging Arab democracies.
Jack Goldstone | Apr 29, 2011
Jack Goldstone writes in Foreign Affairs about why certain revolutions are successful.
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