Studies in Comparative International Development

, Volume 52, Issue 3, pp 261–277 | Cite as

The Myth of the Democratic Advantage

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Abstract

Existing research points to a democratic advantage in public good provision. Compared to their authoritarian counterparts, democratically elected leaders face more political competition and must please a larger portion of the population to stay in office. This paper provides an impartial reevaluation of the empirical record using the techniques of global sensitivity analysis. Democracy proves to have no systematic association with a range of health and education outcomes, despite an abundance of published empirical and theoretical findings to the contrary.

Keywords

Democracy Authoritarianism Regime type Public good provision Sensitivity analysis 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Princeton UniversityPrincetonUSA

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