Social mobility and political transitions

Journal Article (Review;Journal)

I address the role of social mobility in political transitions. I develop a political economy model of regime transitions that incorporates social mobility as a key feature of the economy capturing the political attitudes toward redistribution. I show that social mobility facilitates democratization by reducing the conflict over redistribution between the rich and the poor. Furthermore, it facilitates democratic consolidation by reducing the likelihood of a coup under democracy. On the other hand, social mobility helps to keep an authoritarian regime stable by reducing the likelihood of mass movements against political elites. Copyright © 2005 Sage Publications.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Leventoǧlu, B

Published Date

  • October 1, 2005

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 17 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 465 - 496

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0951-6298

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/0951629805056897

Citation Source

  • Scopus