DP9304 The Transmission of Democracy: From the Village to the Nation-State

Author(s): Paola Giuliano, Nathan Nunn
Publication Date: January 2013
Keyword(s): democracy, historical persistence, local institutions
JEL(s): N30, P0, Z1
Programme Areas: Labour Economics, Economic History
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We provide evidence that a history of democracy at the local level is associated with contemporary democracy at the national level. Auxiliary estimates show that a tradition of local democracy is also associated with attitudes that favor democracy, with better quality institutions, and higher level of economic development.