Democracy in microstates: why smallness does not produce a democratic political system

@article{Veenendaal2015DemocracyIM,
  title={Democracy in microstates: why smallness does not produce a democratic political system},
  author={Wouter Veenendaal},
  journal={Democratization},
  year={2015},
  volume={22},
  pages={112 - 92}
}
In recent decades, several scholars have pointed to a statistical correlation between population size and democracy. Whereas these studies have thus far failed to provide a satisfactory explanation of this link, more case-oriented and qualitative publications have primarily highlighted the democracy-undermining effects of smallness. According to such studies, the proclivity of microstates to democratic rule should be explained on the basis of other factors, which coincide with smallness. In the… 

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