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.
15 Pages Posted: 7 Feb 2014
Date Written: March 15, 2009
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.
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