The Transmission of Democracy: From the Village to the Nation-State
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.
Paper prepared for the 2013 ASSA meetings in San Diego, California. Session: "Culture, Institutions, and Historical Persistence", with Azim Essaji presiding; Nico Voigtlaender and Joachim Voth, Paola Giuliano and Nathan Nunn, Marianna Belloc and Samuel Bowles presenting; and Gregory Clark, Marianna Belloc, and Quamrul Ashraf discussing. The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.
Paola Giuliano & Nathan Nunn, 2013. "The Transmission of Democracy: From the Village to the Nation-State," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 103(3), pages 86-92, May. citation courtesy of