The transmission of democracy: from the village to the nation-state

The American Economic Review Vol/Iss. 103(3) American Economic Association Published In Pages: 86-92
By Giuliano, Paola, Nunn, Nathan


Traditions of local democracy will be positively associated with more democratic national institutions (86).


Local democracy measured by frequency of succession by formal or informal consensus. The researchers controlled for proportion of population with European ancestry, proportion of cultivable ancestral land, and average year of observation and data collection.


Test NameSupportSignificanceCoefficientTail
Linear regressionSupportedp < 0.05UNKNOWNUNKNOWN


Variable NameVariable Type OCM Term(s)
Local DemocracyIndependentCommunity Heads
National DemocracyDependentForm And Rules Of Government