Class Year

2017

Date

4-25-2017

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Department or Program

Economics

Second Department or Program

International Relations

First Advisor

Robert Lemke

Second Advisor

James Marquardt

Third Advisor

Carolyn Tuttle

Fourth Advisor

Aleksandar Jankovski

Abstract

Liberal democratic countries in the West employ a variety of mechanisms to encourage authoritarian regimes to embrace liberal democratic governance, arguing that political freedoms best ensure domestic tranquility and prosperity. In recent time especially, however, some new democracies have struggled economically whereas some authoritarian regimes have seen sustained and impressive rates of economic growth and higher development. This paper rejects the notion that economic performance is a function of regime type, with democracies outperforming autocracies. It argues instead that a country’s economic development is result the of executive constraints, rule of law, durability and economic freedom – not regime type per se.

Language

English


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