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20 · SEPTEMBER · 2023

Abel Escribà-Folch receives the Migration and Citizenship Best Book Award by APSA

Abel Escribà-Folch (UPF-IBEI) obtains the 2023 Migration and Citizenship Best Book Award of the American Political Science Association (APSA).

The award-winning work Migration and Democracy: How Remittances Undermine Dictatorships, was published in 2022 by Princeton University Press, and co-authored by Abel Escribà-Folch (Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Political and Social Sciences at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, and Senior Research Associate at IBEI), Covadonga Meseguer (ICADE) and Joseph Wright (Pennsylvania State University, USA).

The authors discuss how international migration produces a decentralized flow of income that generally circumvents governments to reach citizens who act as democratizing agents. Documenting why dictatorships fall and how this process has changed in the last three decades, the authors show that remittances increase the likelihood of protest and reduce electoral support for authoritarian incumbents.