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Exporting democracy does it work?

Seligson, MA and Finkel, SE and Pérez-Liñán, A (2009) Exporting democracy does it work? In: Is Democracy Exportable? UNSPECIFIED, 222 - 241. ISBN 9780521764391

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The chapters in this book are focused on two broad themes. First, should democracy be promoted? Second, how should democracy be promoted? This paper asks and attempts to answer a third question: Does democracy promotion work? In many ways, this is really the prior question, because if democracies cannot be promoted, if their emergence, consolidation and breakdown are entirely random, or follow a pattern that cannot be altered by human intervention, then the prior questions are, after all, moot. In the field of democracy studies, there is perhaps no more controversial and unsettled question than that of how democracies emerge, consolidate and breakdown. The literature is vast, growing in important ways with each passing month. Consider, for example, the role of economic development, just one of the many factors that have been thought to be important for the emergence and/or stability of democracy. The classical literature dates back to Lipset, who found empirical support for the notion that higher levels of economic development were strongly linked to the transition from dictatorship to democracy (Lipset 1959). Over the years some scholars confirmed this finding, whereas others refuted it. By the mid 1990s, however, larger databases with more sophisticated statistical techniques seemed to demonstrate that Lipset was indeed correct (Lewis-Beck and Burkhart 1994; Muller 1997).


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Item Type: Book Section
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Seligson, MA
Finkel, SEfinkel@pitt.eduFINKEL
Pérez-Liñán, A
Date: 1 January 2009
Date Type: Publication
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Page Range: 222 - 241
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1017/cbo9780511809262.011
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Political Science
Refereed: Yes
ISBN: 9780521764391
Title of Book: Is Democracy Exportable?
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Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2014 16:06
Last Modified: 30 Mar 2021 12:55


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