Preaching Democracy

Discussion Papers on Business and Economics, University of Southern Denmark, 4/2017

51 Pages Posted: 25 Mar 2017

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Thomas Barnebeck Andersen

University of Southern Denmark - Department of Business and Economics

Peter S. Jensen

University of Southern Denmark - Department of Business and Economics

Date Written: March 24, 2017

Abstract

This paper presents evidence that the Second Vatican Council (1962-65) exerted a critical influence on the evolution of democracy worldwide, a view first advanced in the seminal work of Huntington (1991). We gather qualitative case-study evidence on how the Catholic Church influenced the post-Conciliar democratization process in different national contexts. We also adopt a difference-in-difference estimation strategy to show that Vatican II strongly predicts different measures of democracy. Taken together, the evidence substantiates Huntington’s dictum that the third wave of democratization was a Catholic wave.

Keywords: Democracy, third wave, religion, Catholic Church, Second Vatican Council, causal-process observations, difference-in-difference estimation

JEL Classification: N4, P16

Suggested Citation

Andersen, Thomas Barnebeck and Jensen, Peter S., Preaching Democracy (March 24, 2017). Discussion Papers on Business and Economics, University of Southern Denmark, 4/2017, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2940176 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2940176

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