Award Date


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Political Science

First Committee Member

John Tuman

Second Committee Member

David Damore

Third Committee Member

Ian McDonough

Fourth Committee Member

Michele Kuenzi

Number of Pages



This study and numerous prior works have argued that remittances increase the likelihood that states will implement external voting. However, quantitative studies have generally failed to find a relationship between reliance on remittances and the adoption and implementation of external voting. In this study it is argued that the pooling of observations from developed and developing countries as well as autocracies and highly consolidated democracies has altered previous results. Most studies have also not investigated possible non-linearities in the relationship between remittances and external voting. The results of this study illustrate the non-linear influence remittances have on non-autocratic developing countries in their decision to implement external voting. The impact of remittances is positive at low to moderate levels, but the effect weakens when remittances reach higher levels. Furthermore, the influence of remittances at the subnational level in Mexico are also non-linear but different. Low to medium levels of remittances make Mexican states less likely to implement external voting, but once remittances per capita reach higher levels, subnational units become more likely to enfranchise those abroad.


Electoral policy; External Voting; Remittances


Political Science

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1.1 MB

Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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