Workers of the world, unite! Franchise extensions and the threat of revolution, 1820-1938

Peter Sandholt Jensen, Toke S. Aidt

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Resumé

We test the hypothesis that the extension of the voting franchise in Europe was related to the threat of revolution. We contend that international diffusion of regime contention and information about revolutionary events happening in neighboring countries generate the necessary variation in the perceived threat of revolution. Using two samples of European countries covering the period from 1820 to 1938, we find robust evidence which is consistent with the ‘threat of revolution hypothesis’. We also find some evidence that war triggered suffrage reform.

OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftEuropean Economic Review
Vol/bind72
Sider (fra-til)52-75
ISSN0014-2921
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 2014

Fingeraftryk

Franchise
Workers
Threat
Voting
International diffusion
European countries

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