Undergraduate Honors Theses

Thesis Defended

Spring 2011

Document Type

Thesis

Department

Political Science

First Advisor

Dr. Amy Liu

Abstract

In order to tackle the question of refugee health care provision in relation to regime type, a three step approach was taken. First, regime type was shown to significantly influence various public health indicators; democracies increased health care quality due to constraints placed on the leader to appeal to constituents’ health care interests. Next, citizens under authoritarian regimes with democratic institutions were determined to receive better health care because of effective citizen lobbying for their own interests as well as constraints on the autocratic leaders to appeal to their larger constituency. Finally, while employing the selectorate theory of social goods provision, the effect of regime type on refugee health care quality was determined. Citizen lobbying for their own health care interests becomes detrimental to refugee interests; thus, more authoritarian regimes possess greater freedom to provide better health care to refugees than less authoritarian host countries

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