Who commits to the rule of law? Constrained government and foreign direct investment in postcommunist states

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Abstract

Research linking credible commitments to the rule of law in terms of property rights and contract enforcement is a hallmark of recent efforts to explain economic growth and development. However, many postcommunist states have had difficulty making such commitments and spurring growth. Many argue political polarization prevents states from reforming laws and protecting property rights in some countries whereas single-party governance renders state promises incredible in others. I analyze pooled cross-sectional time-series data for twenty-four postcommunist countries and provide evidence effective constraints among elected officials act as democratic commitment mechanisms rendering government policies credible.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)468-486
Number of pages19
JournalEast European Politics
Volume31
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2 2015

Keywords

  • accession
  • democratization
  • economic reform
  • market economy
  • political parties
  • postcommunism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Development
  • Political Science and International Relations

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