The Poor Performance of Poor Democracies

Philip Keefer

in The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Politics

Published in print July 2009 | ISBN: 9780199566020
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Political Science

The Poor Performance of Poor Democracies

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This article discusses the poor performance of poor democracies. The article points to recent literature on political market imperfections as a way to explain anomalies in the relationship between economic performance and regime type. The first section looks at the poor countries and their respective policies, while the second section attempts to explain the ambiguity in the democracy-growth relationship. It studies the political market imperfections and the heterogeneous democratic performance, and discusses democratization, the role of history, and puzzles in the literature on democracy. The article ends with a discussion of incomplete information, which is one imperfection of the political market.

Keywords: poor performance; poor democracies; imperfections; economic performance; regime type; poor countries; democracy-growth relationship; democratic performance; incomplete information

Article.  10696 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Comparative Politics ; Political Economy

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