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Article

“King of the Mountain”, or Why Postcommunist Autocracies Have Bad Institutions

Russian Politics and Law. 2014. Vol. 52. No. 2. P. 7-29.

The authors analyze levels of democracy and state capacity (including quality of institutions) in the postcommunist countries over the past two decades and consider the theoretical implications of the relationship between these variables. In particular, they cast serious doubt on the general validity of the J-curve hypothesis. They present their own informal “king of the mountain” model.