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Democracy and Development - Axel Hadenius

Democracy and Development

Hardcover Published: 30th October 1992
ISBN: 9780521416856
Number Of Pages: 232

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This book is a uniquely wide-ranging study of the meaning of democracy and the factors which determine its level. Drawing on data from all 132 sovereign states of the Third World, it first specifies the essential elements of democracy (the holding of elections to decision making bodies, and the maintenance of political liberties), and then tests theories suggested to explain its varying level through statistical analysis. Theories related to socio-economic conditions, demographic and cultural factors, and institutional arrangements are explored in a cross-national perspective.

'The book is based on thorough documentation and is very informative.' Administrative Sciences

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Acknowledgements
Introduction
Determining the Level of Democracyp. 3
Points of departurep. 5
Political democracyp. 9
Decision Rulesp. 10
The Significance of Government by the Peoplep. 12
A Note on the Ideal Alternativep. 23
Rights and Their Protectionp. 28
Another Kind of Democracy?p. 32
Basic and Optimal Criteriap. 35
An index of democracyp. 36
Electionsp. 39
Political Freedomsp. 51
Explaining the Level of Democracyp. 73
Introductionp. 75
Socio-economic conditionsp. 77
Modernizationp. 77
Dependencyp. 91
Distribution of Income and Propertyp. 98
Economic Systemp. 103
Demographic and cultural conditionsp. 112
Cleavagesp. 112
Religionp. 118
Sizep. 122
Institutional conditionsp. 128
Colonial Backgroundp. 128
The Public Sectorp. 133
The Militaryp. 138
General picture and problems of causalityp. 143
Appendicesp. 159
Notesp. 169
Bibliographyp. 201
Indexp. 214
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ISBN: 9780521416856
ISBN-10: 052141685X
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 232
Published: 30th October 1992
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.51