Institutionalisation of Political Parties: Comparative Cases. Edited by Robert Harmel and Lars G. Svasand

Democracy = Stability, Prosperity, and Satisfaction?

Comparative Politics
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Anna Lührmann
University of Gothenburg
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Anna Lührmann
University of Gothenburg
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10/09/2016 09:00
Building: Faculty of Law Floor: 4 Room: FL401
The performance of non-democratic countries such as China prompts questions about the virtues of democratization for development outcomes such as economic growth, health, and education. Also the merits of democratization for peace and stability are repeatedly challenged. Scholars point to political instability during democratization process or after elections (Collier 2009). Tellingly, even the old democracies in the Western world face significant problems such as declining rates in political participation and satisfaction. Prior comparative research has provided inconclusive and even contradictory findings (e.g. Knutsen 2012). However, it seems plausible that various components of democracy are related to growth, human development and in different ways. This panel welcomes papers that shed new light on how particular characteristics of political regimes affect stability, prosperity and political satisfaction.

Paper List

Beyond Parliamentarism. How and to what Extent do Political Institutions affect Regime Stability in New Democracies? View Paper Details
Is Democracy Deconsolidating? View Paper Details
When does democracy lead to sustainable peace after civil war? Analysing the relationship between specific elements of democracy and civil war recurrence View Paper Details
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