Can only democracies enhance “Human Development”? Evidence from the Former Soviet Countries

Marta Spreafico, John Stuart Landreth Mccombie

Risultato della ricerca: Working paper

Abstract

Despite the considerable interest in the concept of human development, there has been little research on the political determinants of its dimensions. This paper investigates the role played by the type of political systems on the non-income components of human development. In particular it tests the hypothesis that it is not only democratic countries that enhance spending on health and education, but this might be true of autocratic regimes. The hypothesis is tested for the former Soviet Republics. It is found that expenditure on the social provision of health and education increases with both the degree of democracy and autocracy.
Lingua originaleEnglish
EditoreVita e Pensiero
Numero di pagine35
ISBN (stampa)978-88-343-2554-4
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2013

Keywords

  • governing authority
  • human development
  • panel analysis
  • political regimes
  • public expenditure on health and education

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