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Preliminary Analysis of Physical Integrity Rights and Their Impact on Democratic Transitions, 1985-2002

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The impending and eventual collapse of the Soviet Union in the late 1970s and 1980s began a new wave of democracy, one in which many autocratic regimes took steps toward transitioning to democracy, with some succeeding and other failing. The literature on democratization is immense, although lacking in the area of human rights. In this paper, I make the argument that better physical integrity human rights performance increases the likelihood of democratic transition by autocracies. This is done by using the Political Terror Scale physical integrity rights of 114 autocratic countries between 1985 and 2002 and Polity IV scores in a regression analysis. Results show a meaningful significant finding, albeit one that is unexpected. Regression analysis provides evidence which suggests that countries with worse physical integrity rights performance before transition are consistently more likely to transition to democracy.

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Sullivan, Karen. "Preliminary Analysis of Physical Integrity Rights and Their Impact on Democratic Transitions, 1985-2002" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, Palmer House Hotel, Chicago, IL, Apr 12, 2007 <Not Available>. 2013-12-16 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p197294_index.html>

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Sullivan, K. M. , 2007-04-12 "Preliminary Analysis of Physical Integrity Rights and Their Impact on Democratic Transitions, 1985-2002" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, Palmer House Hotel, Chicago, IL Online <PDF>. 2013-12-16 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p197294_index.html

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Abstract: The impending and eventual collapse of the Soviet Union in the late 1970s and 1980s began a new wave of democracy, one in which many autocratic regimes took steps toward transitioning to democracy, with some succeeding and other failing. The literature on democratization is immense, although lacking in the area of human rights. In this paper, I make the argument that better physical integrity human rights performance increases the likelihood of democratic transition by autocracies. This is done by using the Political Terror Scale physical integrity rights of 114 autocratic countries between 1985 and 2002 and Polity IV scores in a regression analysis. Results show a meaningful significant finding, albeit one that is unexpected. Regression analysis provides evidence which suggests that countries with worse physical integrity rights performance before transition are consistently more likely to transition to democracy.

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Preliminary Analysis of Physical Integrity Rights and Their Impact on Democratic Transitions 1985-2002 Karen Sullivan University of North Texas Midwest Political Science Association Annual Conference Chicago April 14 2007 ABSTRACT The impending and eventual collapse of the Soviet Union in the late 1970s and 1980s began a new wave of democracy one in which many autocratic regimes took steps toward transitioning to democracy with some succeeding and other failing. The literature on democratization is immense although lacking in the
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