Some social requisites of democracy : economic development and political legitimacy

  title={Some social requisites of democracy : economic development and political legitimacy},
  author={Seymour Martin Lipset},
  journal={American Political Science Review},
  • S. Lipset
  • Published 1 March 1959
  • Sociology
  • American Political Science Review
The conditions associated with the existence and stability of democratic society have been a leading concern of political philosophy. In this paper the problem is attacked from a sociological and behavioral standpoint, by presenting a number of hypotheses concerning some social requisites for democracy, and by discussing some of the data available to test these hypotheses. In its concern with conditions—values, social institutions, historical events—external to the political system itself… 

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