War, Democracy, and Government Size Over the Long Run: A Structural Breaks Analysis

Mark Dincecco, Mauricio Prado

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This paper examines the links between warfare, democracy, and government size over the long run, from the early nineteenth century to the present. We assemble new time series for government size for eight European countries. We then examine individual data trends using a combination of narrative and statistical techniques. Our key methodological contribution is to employ structural breaks tests, which assume no a priori knowledge of major turning points in the time series, but let the data ``speak" for themselves. Our results indicate that warfare, and not franchise extension, is the key driver of long-run increases in government size.
Original languageEnglish
Place of Publicationwww
PublisherSSRN: Social Science Research Network
Number of pages39
Publication statusPublished - 14 Apr 2010

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