The Missionary Roots of Liberal Democracy

  title={The Missionary Roots of Liberal Democracy},
  author={Robert D. Woodberry},
  journal={American Political Science Review},
  pages={244 - 274}
This article demonstrates historically and statistically that conversionary Protestants (CPs) heavily influenced the rise and spread of stable democracy around the world. It argues that CPs were a crucial catalyst initiating the development and spread of religious liberty, mass education, mass printing, newspapers, voluntary organizations, and colonial reforms, thereby creating the conditions that made stable democracy more likely. Statistically, the historic prevalence of Protestant… Expand

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