Introduction: The Diffusion of Liberalization

The Global Diffusion of Markets and Democracy, 2008

63 Pages Posted: 20 Mar 2014

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Beth A. Simmons

University of Pennsylvania

Frank Dobbin

Harvard University - Department of Sociology

Geoffrey Garrett

Pacific Council on International Policy

Date Written: 2008

Abstract

The worldwide spread of economic and political liberalism was one of the defining features of the late twentieth century. Free-market oriented economic reforms – macroeconomic stabilization, liberalization of foreign economic policies, privatization, and deregulation – took root in many parts of the world. At more or less the same time, a "third wave" of democratization and liberal constitutionalism washed over much of the globe. Most economists believe the gains to developing countries from the liberalization of economic policies to be in the hundreds of billions of dollars. But they also acknowledge the instability and human insecurity sometimes left in liberalization’s wake.

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Simmons, Beth A. and Dobbin, Frank and Garrett, Geoffrey, Introduction: The Diffusion of Liberalization (2008). The Global Diffusion of Markets and Democracy, 2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2411079

Beth A. Simmons

University of Pennsylvania ( email )

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Frank Dobbin (Contact Author)

Harvard University - Department of Sociology ( email )

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Geoffrey Garrett

Pacific Council on International Policy ( email )

Los Angeles, CA
United States

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