The Primacy of Governance Infrastructure versus Democracy in Development and FDI in Developing Countries

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Title:
The Primacy of Governance Infrastructure versus Democracy in Development and FDI in Developing Countries
Author:
Baird, Ryan G.
Issue Date:
2010
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
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Abstract:
Most scholars believe that democracies guarantee the rule of law and provide superior institutions, which influence developing states' development trajectories, as well as firms' decisions on where to do business. However, I argue that these superior institutions are prior to the institutions of democracy and constitute the concept of governance infrastructure, and are therefore the key institutional determinants of state's economic outcomes. I find that the institutions that comprise a state's governance infrastructure (GI) are separate conceptually from the institutions that comprise democracy, and that the quality of developing states' GI 1) must reach a certain threshold before democracy positively affects economic development; 2) sends a signal to investors concerning potential transaction costs that investors may incur, ultimately determining the amount of FDI developing states' receive, while being the only domestic institutions that affect investors decision making; 3) determines the quality and provision of a state's intermediary public goods, which are an additional causal mechanism to signaling in determining a state's FDI inflows.
Type:
text; Electronic Dissertation
Keywords:
Democracy; Development; Domestic Institutions; FDI; Governance Infrastructure; Signaling
Degree Name:
Ph.D.
Degree Level:
doctoral
Degree Program:
Political Science; Graduate College
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Goertz, Gary
Committee Chair:
Goertz, Gary

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dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.titleThe Primacy of Governance Infrastructure versus Democracy in Development and FDI in Developing Countriesen_US
dc.creatorBaird, Ryan G.en_US
dc.contributor.authorBaird, Ryan G.en_US
dc.date.issued2010en_US
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractMost scholars believe that democracies guarantee the rule of law and provide superior institutions, which influence developing states' development trajectories, as well as firms' decisions on where to do business. However, I argue that these superior institutions are prior to the institutions of democracy and constitute the concept of governance infrastructure, and are therefore the key institutional determinants of state's economic outcomes. I find that the institutions that comprise a state's governance infrastructure (GI) are separate conceptually from the institutions that comprise democracy, and that the quality of developing states' GI 1) must reach a certain threshold before democracy positively affects economic development; 2) sends a signal to investors concerning potential transaction costs that investors may incur, ultimately determining the amount of FDI developing states' receive, while being the only domestic institutions that affect investors decision making; 3) determines the quality and provision of a state's intermediary public goods, which are an additional causal mechanism to signaling in determining a state's FDI inflows.en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeElectronic Dissertationen_US
dc.subjectDemocracyen_US
dc.subjectDevelopmenten_US
dc.subjectDomestic Institutionsen_US
dc.subjectFDIen_US
dc.subjectGovernance Infrastructureen_US
dc.subjectSignalingen_US
thesis.degree.namePh.D.en_US
thesis.degree.leveldoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.disciplinePolitical Scienceen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.advisorGoertz, Garyen_US
dc.contributor.chairGoertz, Garyen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberDixon, William J.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberVolgy, Thomas J .en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberKenworthy, Laneen_US
dc.identifier.proquest11161en_US
dc.identifier.oclc752261015en_US
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