New Publication in the American Journal of Political Science

The article “Remittances and Protest in Dictatorships”, co-authored with Dr. Abel Escribà-Folch and Professor Joseph Wright appeared in the American Journal of Political Science. Remittances—money migrant workers send back home—are the second largest source of international financial flows in developing countries. As with other sources of international finance, such as foreign direct investment and foreign aid, worker remittances shape politics in recipient countries. We examine the political consequences of remittances by exploring how they influence antigovernment protest behavior. While recent research argues that remittances have a pernicious effect on politics by contributing to authoritarian stability, we argue the opposite: Remittances increase political protest in nondemocracies by augmenting the resources available to potential political opponents. To explore the mechanism linking remittances to protest, we turn to individual‐level data from eight nondemocracies in Africa to show that remittance receipt increases protest in opposition areas but not in progovernment regions. This article is part of a larger project studying the impact of remittances on autocratic regimes and on the chances of democratisation. 

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