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On Wars and Political Development. The Role of International Conflicts in the Democratization of the West

  • Author(s): Ticchi, David
  • Vindigni, Andrea
  • et al.

We investigate the role played by international conflicts in the processes of national political development with particular attention to the transition from autocracy toward democracy. We argue that, if a country is endangered by some outside threat, its elite may find optimal to concede democracy or income redistribution to the masses in order to increase their patriotism and their war effort. This in turn increases the chances of victory of the country so avoiding to the elite severe income losses. We provide historical evidence for some Western countries that confirms this theory.

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