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A theory of military dictatorships

Acemoglu, Daron and Ticchi, Davide and Vindigni, Andrea A theory of military dictatorships. American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics, 2 (1). pp. 1-42. ISSN 1945-7707 (2010)

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Abstract

We investigate how nondemocratic regimes use the military and how this can lead to the emergence of military dictatorships. The elite may build a strong military and make the concessions necessary for the military to behave as their perfect agent, or they may risk the military turning against them. Once the transition to democracy takes place, a strong military poses a threat against the nascent democratic regime until it is reformed. We study the role of income inequality and natural resources in the emergence of military dictatorships and show how the national defense role of the military may facilitate democratic consolidation

Item Type: Article
Identification Number: 10.1257/mac.2.1.1
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Research Area: Economics and Institutional Change
Depositing User: Professor Andrea Vindigni
Date Deposited: 08 Aug 2011 13:55
Last Modified: 27 Sep 2011 13:12
URI: http://eprints.imtlucca.it/id/eprint/771

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