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Title Democracy and development : political institutions and well-being in the world, 1950-1990 / Adam Przeworski... [and others]
Published Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2000


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Description xvii, 321 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Series Cambridge studies in the theory of democracy
Cambridge studies in the theory of democracy.
Contents 1. Democracies and Dictatorships -- App. 1.1. Alternative Approaches -- App. 1.2. Classification of Political Regimes, 1950-1990 -- App. 1.3. Basic Data about Regime Dynamics -- App. 1.4. The "Short" Data Base -- 2. Economic Development and Political Regimes -- App. 2.1. Dynamic Probit Model -- App. 2.2. Survival Models -- 3. Political Regimes and Economic Growth -- App. 3.1. Identification, Specification, and Robustness -- App. 3.2. Estimating the Contribution of Public Investment -- 4. Political Instability and Economic Growth -- App. 4.1. Estimating the Impact of Expectations on Economic Performance -- 5. Political Regimes and Population -- App. 5.1. Calculating Age Structure -- App. II. Codebook
Summary Is economic development conducive to political democracy? Does democracy foster or hinder material welfare? These two questions are examined by looking at the experience of 135 countries between 1950 and 1990. Descriptive information, statistical analyses, and historical narratives are interwoven to gain an understanding of the dynamic of political regimes and their impact on economic development and other aspects of material welfare. The findings, several most surprising, dispel any notion of a trade-off between democracy and development. Economic development does not generate democracies but democracies are much more likely to survive in wealthy societies. Political regimes have no impact on the growth of total national incomes, while political instability affects growth only in dictatorships. Per capita incomes grow faster in democracies since population increases faster under dictatorships. In general, political regimes have more of an effect on demography than on economics
Analysis Economic development
Economic growth
Political systems
Political change
Political stability
Population growth
Economic indicators
Trends to 1990
International comparisons
Overseas item
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and indexes
Subject Democracy.
Economic development -- Political aspects.
Author Przeworski, Adam.
LC no. 00709713
ISBN 0521790328
0521793793 paperback