Support for Democracy in Iran
Political Research Quarterly, 65, 2 (June 2012): 235-247
38 Pages Posted: 26 Oct 2010 Last revised: 9 May 2012
Date Written: October 25, 2010
This article presents the first systematic analysis of support for democracy in the Islamic Republic of Iran and contributes to the scholarly literature on popular views of democracy in an authoritarian regime. It reaches three main findings. First, religiosity is strongly and negatively related with support for democracy. Second, education and age indirectly affect support for democracy; their effects are mediated through satisfaction with regime performance. Third, greater dissatisfaction with regime strongly correlates with greater demands for democratization. The data come from a survey conducted in Tehran in 2008 and the 2005 Iranian World Values Survey.
Keywords: Democracy, Islam, Iran, Muslim Public Opinion
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