How Development Leads to Democracy: What We Know About Modernization

Author
Ronald Inglehart, Christian Welzel
Content Type
Journal Article
Journal
Foreign Affairs
Volume
88
Issue Number
2
Publication Date
March/April 2009
Institution
Council on Foreign Relations
Abstract
Democratic institutions cannot be set up easily; they are likely to emerge only when certain social and cultural conditions exist. But economic development and modernization push those conditions in the right direction and make democracy increasingly likely.
Topic
Development, Economics