Honors Theses

Date of Award


Document Type

Undergraduate Thesis


Political Science

First Advisor

Gregory Love

Relational Format



This descriptive study seeks to identify the level of influence that authoritarian regimes have on development with countries of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). The question behind this study is important in that not much is known about the autocratic countries within these regions though many of these countries have experienced much economic success in spite of difference in authoritarian regimes, and the threat of the resource curse. The data I have gathered focuses on observing variables such as GDP per capita (PPP), GDP annual growth, life expectancy index as well as the human development index which are observed within the autocracies present within the MENA. These variables are then tested to find correlations linking a country’s performance to the type of authoritarian regime it possesses.



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