The Democratic Window of Opportunity: Evidence from Riots in sub-Saharan Africa
Aidt, T. S.
Cambridge Working Papers in Economics
Faculty of Economics
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Aidt, T. S., & Leon, G. (2014). The Democratic Window of Opportunity: Evidence from Riots in sub-Saharan Africa. https://doi.org/10.17863/CAM.4943
We show that drought-induced changes in the intensity of riots lead to moves towards democracy in sub-Saharan Africa, and that these changes are often a result of concessions made as a result of the riots. This provides evidence that low-intensity conflict can have a substantial short-run impact on democratic change, and supports the window of opportunity hypothesis: droughts lead to an increase in the threat of conflict, and incumbents often respond by making democratic concessions.
transitions, democracy, autocracy.
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