Development and Democracy: What Have We Learned and How?

By Ole Elgström; Goran Hyden | Go to book overview

Development and Democracy
How much is democracy dependent upon supportive economic and social conditions? This question, which has occupied political scientists and sociologists for almost half a century, has attracted special attention in the last ten years as more and more countries have engaged in efforts to democratise. This volume is the first collection to take stock of current literature and put it into context. This book highlights the principal new gains of knowledge as well as continuing gaps in our understanding of the relationship between development and democracy. The chapters cover key issues in the field of comparative politics such as:
• economic development and democracy
• globalisation and democracy
• class and democracy
• state and democracy
• civil society and democracy
• various institutional arrangements and democratic governance

Development and Democracy confirms the robust relationship between level of economic development and democracy, but suggests that globalisation is a key variable in determining the tenuous nature of this relationship in the periphery of the world economy. It raises new questions about the role of social classes in democratisation, and points to the importance of including the nature of the state as a factor in the study of democratisation. A further important finding is that countries with mixed legal systems correlate less positively with democracy than do countries with more homogeneous legal systems. Moreover, Development and Democracy shows conclusively that the way researchers design their studies has a major impact on their findings.

Ole Elgström is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science, Lund University, Sweden. His latest book is Images and Strategies for Autonomy: Explaining Security Policy Strategies in the 19th Century. Goran Hyden is Distinguished Professor of Political Science, University of Florida, Gainesville. He has published extensively on politics and development with special emphasis on East Africa; his many books include Beyond Ujamaa in Tanzania; No Shortcuts to Progress; and Governance and Politics in Africa.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page v
  • Contents vii
  • Figures ix
  • Tables x
  • Series Editor's Preface xv
  • Preface and Acknowledgements xviii
  • Abbreviations xx
  • 1 - Development and Democracy 1
  • 2 - Globalisation and Democracy 23
  • References 44
  • 3 - Development, Class and Democracy 48
  • References 62
  • 4 - Transitions to Democracy 65
  • 5 - Development, Law and Democracy 87
  • 6 - Modernisation and Democracy 106
  • 7 - Problems of Measuring Democracy 122
  • References 138
  • 8 - Democratisation in Africa 139
  • References 153
  • 9 - Civil Society and Democratisation 156
  • References 171
  • 10 - Development and the External Dimension of Regime Transitions 173
  • References 188
  • 11 - Development and Democracy 191
  • Notes 202
  • Index 211
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