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Social capital and democracy

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Acemoglu, D., Robinson, J. A., Torvik, R. (2013). Why Do Voters Dismantle Checks and Balances?

Voters often dismantle constitutional checks and balances on the executive. If such checks and...

Bjørnskov, C. (2006). Determinants of generalized trust: A cross-country comparison. Public Choice 130 (1), 1-21.

The paper explores the determinants of generalized trust across countries. The findings suggest...

Davis, J. B., Christoforou, A. (2013). The Economics of Social Institutions. Edward Elgar.

The Economics Of Social Institutions Edited by John B. Davis, Professor of Economics, Marquette...

Durante, R., Pinotti, P., Tesei, A. (2013). The Political Legacy of News-Free Television: Evidence from the Rise of Berlusconi

Can news-free media influence political behavior? We investigate this issue in the context of...

Encarnaciòn, O. G. (2003). The Myth of Civil Society Social Capital and Democratic Consolidation in Spain and Brazil. Houndmills: Palgrave

Almost irrespective of the geographic setting, the debate about the future of democracy in post-...

Finan, F. S., Schechter, L. (2011). Vote-Buying and Reciprocity. Econometrica, Forthcoming

While vote-buying is common, little is known about how politicians determine who to target. We...

Guriev, S., Melnikov, N. (2016). War, Inflation, and Social Capital. American Economic Review Papers & Proceedings 106(5): 230-35.

We use weekly data from 79 Russian regions to measure the impact of economic shocks and proximity...

Jennings, C., Sanchez-Pages, S. (2017). Social capital, conflict and welfare. Journal of Development Economics 124: 157-167.

This paper analyzes the role of external conflict as a force that can create social capital....

McManamey, R. (2004). The Relationship Between Community Newspapers and Social Capital: the Power to Empower. University of Tasmania, PhD Thesis

Rosa Maria McManamey Thesis submitted in fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor...

Rehman, F., Vanin, P. (2017). Terrorism risk and democratic preferences in Pakistan. Journal of Development Economics 42: 60-74.

This article examines the relationship between interregional inequality and the incidence of...

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