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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

Gunes Murat Tezcur

University of Central Florida

Taghi Azadarmaki

University of Tehran - Social Science Faculty

Mehri Bahar

University of Tehran

Hooshang Nayebi

University of Tehran

Date Written: October 25, 2010

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Tezcur, Gunes Murat and Azadarmaki, Taghi and Bahar, Mehri and Nayebi, Hooshang, Support for Democracy in Iran (October 25, 2010). Political Research Quarterly, 65, 2 (June 2012): 235-247 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1697887

Gunes Tezcur (Contact Author)

University of Central Florida ( email )

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Taghi Azadarmaki

University of Tehran - Social Science Faculty ( email )

Amirabad e shomali, kuye daneshgah e Tehran
Tehran, Tehran 5433174616
Iran

Mehri Bahar

University of Tehran ( email )

Amirabad e shomali, kuye daneshgah e Tehran
Tehran, Tehran 5433174616
Iran

Hooshang Nayebi

University of Tehran ( email )

Amirabad e shomali, kuye daneshgah e Tehran
Tehran, Tehran 5433174616
Iran

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