in: DIE Discussion Paper 7/2019, online first.
Global threats to democracy – one of the world’s most important forms of inclusive governance – are increasing. Analysing the effects of social and economic inequalities on democratic decline (i.e. autocratisation), we find that inequalities in the provision of social services, particularly healthcare and education, have a clear and consistent relationship to the likelihood of autocratisation. By contrast, conventional measures of income inequality appear not to influence the likelihood of a democratic decline. The DIE Discussion Paper was co-authored with Anna Lührmann and Rachel Sigman from the V-Dem Institute at the University of Gothenburg.
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