Politicians : Be killed or survive

Torgler, Benno & Frey, Bruno (2013) Politicians : Be killed or survive. Public Choice, 156(1-2), pp. 357-386.

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In the course of history, a large number of politicians have been assassinated. To investigate this phenomenon, rational choice hypotheses are developed and tested using a large data set covering close to 100 countries over a period of 20 years. Several strategies, in addition to security measures, are shown to significantly reduce the probability of politicians being attacked or killed: extended institutional and governance quality, democracy, voice and accountability, a well-functioning system of law and order, decentralization via the division of power and federalism, larger cabinet size and a stronger civil society. There is also support for a contagion effect.

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ID Code: 54091
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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DOI: 10.1007/s11127-011-9908-6
ISSN: 1573-7101 (online) 0048-5829 (print)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Economics & Finance
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.
Deposited On: 10 Oct 2012 23:10
Last Modified: 17 Dec 2013 04:15

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