Comparative Democracy: the Economic Development Thesis

  title={Comparative Democracy: the Economic Development Thesis},
  author={Ross E. Burkhart and Michael S. Lewis-Beck},
  journal={American Political Science Review},
In comparative politics, an established finding—that economic development fosters democratic performance—has recently come under challenge. We counter this challenge with a dynamic pooled time series analysis of a major, but neglected data set from 131 nations. The final generalized least squares-autoregressive moving averages estimates (N = 2,096) appear robust and indicate strong economic development effects, dependent in part on the nation's position in the world system. For the first… Expand
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