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Authoritarian Regime Types and Environmental Performance
|Issue Date: ||2020-08-03 18:38:02 (UTC+8)|
Climate change has become an ever-increasingly important topic in a multitude of academic fields. A lot of the research on regime type and environmental degradation has focused on democracies versus non-democracies, and concluded that because democracies outperform in this sector, then democratization could be the solution. However, viewpoints seem to be shifting in terms of whether this research is as accurate in the current environment. This paper attempts to reanalyze this topic with a specific focus on whether certain authoritarian regime types, if any, have an effect on carbon dioxide levels within a regime. I argue that not only will authoritarian regime types have an effect, but that party regimes will have the greatest effect in limiting or decreasing carbon dioxide emissions from 1997-2010. To provide empirical support, I include a vast literature review on the topic and utilize two different quantitative methods of analysis: time-series cross-sectional and spatial analysis using Geographic Information Systems. Statistical results mostly confirm that authoritarian regime type can play a role in determining carbon dioxide emission levels, but on the contrary, it is military regimes and not party regimes that have the greatest effect on CO2 levels. However, after robustness checks, it seems to be that limitations skew the results due to a short time-frame and small sample size. This results in the secondary analysis concluding that, while positive, regime type is not significant in determining carbon dioxide emissions, but rather that GDP per capita has a greater effect.
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