Relationship Between Economic Development And Democratization

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In an increasingly complex international system of politics, at least two political ideologies remain significant in today’s world political sphere. Authoritarianism is characterized as a system of government where decision making is afforded to the few, while democracy is categorized as a system of rule based on the government of the people, by the people and for the people. The principle of democracy is largely one linked to Western ideals and has indeed been at the forefront of many Western powers foreign policy objectives; to promote democratization and the corresponding benefits of democracy (Heller 485). Interestingly enough, in the last two decades, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of democracies across the globe (Heller 485). Due to the spread of democracy and the resulting successful democratic transitions, many theorists have attempted to understand the major tenants involved in successful democratization.
In this paper I will analyze the relationship between economic development and democratization. Thus, the research question that I will attempt to answer throughout this paper is; Is economic development essential for a successful democratization? The theoretical model for this research as follows; the Independent variable as economic development and the Dependant variable as the success of democratization. This theoretical model will be analyzed in conjunction with the case studies of China and India. In this essay, I will argue that economic…

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