Are Levels of Democracy Affected by Mass Attitudes? Testing Attainment and Sustainment Effects on Democracy

@article{Welzel2007AreLO,
  title={Are Levels of Democracy Affected by Mass Attitudes? Testing Attainment and Sustainment Effects on Democracy},
  author={C. Welzel},
  journal={International Political Science Review},
  year={2007},
  volume={28},
  pages={397 - 424}
}
  • C. Welzel
  • Published 2007
  • Sociology
  • International Political Science Review
Recent findings by Inglehart and Welzel indicate that emancipative mass attitudes show a significantly positive effect on subsequent democracy, controlling for previous democracy and a number of socio-structural and socioeconomic factors. However, on an important theoretical point these prior findings remain inconclusive: the causal mechanism of why and how emancipative mass attitudes favor democracy. This article specifies such a mechanism, arguing that emancipative attitudes motivate mass… Expand
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