Is Small Really Beautiful?: The Microstate Mistake

  title={Is Small Really Beautiful?: The Microstate Mistake},
  author={Jan Erk and Wouter Veenendaal},
  journal={Journal of Democracy},
  pages={135 - 148}
Over the past decade and a half, a number of political scientists have claimed that the world’s microstates—meaning the dozen or so tiny countries with fewer than a hundred-thousand citizens each—are remarkably likely to be democracies. There is only one thing wrong with the story of the “microdemocratic miracle”: It is not true. In fact, small states are not likely to be liberal democracies. The mistaken notion that they are can be traced to a simple flaw in methodology: All the studies… 

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