How Development Leads to Democracy: What We Know About Modernization

Inglehart, R. & C. Welzel (2009). “How Development Leads to Democracy: What We Know About Modernization Today?” Foreign Affairs 88 (2):33-48.

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Ronald F. Inglehart

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor - Institute for Social Research (ISR)

Christian Welzel

Leuphana University of Lueneburg; LCSR

Date Written: March 15, 2009

Abstract

Democratic institutions cannot be set up easily, anywhere, at any time; they are likely to emerge only when certain social and cultural conditions exist. But economic development and modernization push those conditions in the right direction by creating a self-reinforcing process that brings mass participation to politics and thus makes democracy increasingly likely.

Suggested Citation

Inglehart, Ronald F. and Welzel, Christian, How Development Leads to Democracy: What We Know About Modernization (March 15, 2009). Inglehart, R. & C. Welzel (2009). “How Development Leads to Democracy: What We Know About Modernization Today?” Foreign Affairs 88 (2):33-48.. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2391678

Ronald F. Inglehart

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor - Institute for Social Research (ISR) ( email )

Ann Arbor, MI 48106-1248
United States

Christian Welzel (Contact Author)

Leuphana University of Lueneburg ( email )

Scharnhorststraße 1
Lüneburg, 21335
Germany

LCSR ( email )

Myasnitskaya street, 20
Moscow, Moscow 119017
Russia

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