Title

External Voting Rights in Latin America and the Caribbean: The Influence of Remittances, Globalization, and Partisan Control

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-2017

Publication Title

Latin American Policy

Volume

8

Issue

2

First page number:

295

Last page number:

312

Abstract

This article attempts to explain the decision of governments in Latin America and the Caribbean to grant expatriates voting rights in their country of origin. Focusing on 24 Latin American and Caribbean countries from 1980 to 2012, the study investigates the effects of remittance flows, globalization, leftist-party control of the executive branch, and several other controls on the likelihood that governments will grant voting rights for their citizens residing abroad. The statistical models are estimated with Cox proportional hazard regression. The results add to the literature on migration by demonstrating that remittance flows influence the likelihood that governments will adopt policies granting expatriate voting rights, although the influence is non-linear. Partisan control is also shown to be important, although the level of wealth, globalization, policy diffusion, and other controls were not found to be significant. © 2017 Policy Studies Organization

Language

english

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