Prospects of Democracy: A Study of 172 Countries

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Prospects of Democracy

Prospects of Democracy focuses on 172 contemporary states and provides a vast comparative study on the state and conditions of democracy to be found there. The analysis includes the use of historical data and variables from 1850 to the present day. Tatu Vanhanen demonstrates that the most important factor in the data he presents is the level of resource allocation and that this can be used to explain the emergence of democracy in a particular state.

The book contains five major chapters, followed by statistical data, and concludes with five critical essays on the analysis from five regional experts. The work sets out the theoretical interpretations of democratization, has a research hypothesis on democratization which is tested by empirical evidence and finally analysed and explained. There is also an analysis of democracy, and its prospects, in each of the 172 countries. At the end Mitchell A. Seligson, Ilter Turan, Samuel Decalo, John W. Forje and John Henderson provide a critical commentary on the sources, analysis and findings.

This is the most extensive comparative survey of the state and condition of democracy yet made. It contains important new findings regarding the factors influencing the process of democratization and gives forecasts for democratic change. Prospects of Democracy will be essential reading for those studying comparative politics and democracy.

Tatu Vanhanen is Decent of Political Science at the University of Helsinki and Emeritus Associate Professor of the University of Tampere, Finland. He has been studying the problem of democratization since the 1960s. This is his thirteenth book in the field.

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