Social Origins of Dictatorship: Elite Networks and Political Transitions in Haiti

Research Note
Published on 13 June 2017


Existing theories of democratic reversals emphasize that economic incentives should determine when elites resist democracy. Naidu, Robinson and Young (2017) argue that the capacity to organize coups against democracy is also important, and is shaped by the structure of the social network.


Suresh Naidu

Columbia University

James Robinson

University of Chicago

Lauren Young

Columbia University