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The Diffusion of Urban Medieval Representation: The Dominican Order as an Engine of Regime Change

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  • Jonathan Stavnskær Doucette

How do representative institutions diffuse from one polity to another? I investigate the effect of the Dominican order on the transition from autocratic to representative city government in medieval Europe. I argue that the order's practices of representation diffused to local lay politics because of the persistent interaction between Dominican monks and urban elites. Using a difference-in-difference design, I offer evidence that the presence of Dominican houses fostered the development of representative city government. My findings highlight the important role that religious institutions can play in the diffusion of political institutions and principles.

Original languageEnglish
JournalPerspectives on Politics
Pages (from-to)723-738
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2021

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