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Dani Rodrik
Ford Foundation Professor of International Political Economy
phone: (617)495-1407
Academic Journal/Scholarly Articles
Rodrik, Dani. "Is Liberal Democracy Feasible in Developing Countries?" Studies in Comparative International Development 51.1 (March 2016): 50-59.
Liberal democracy has been difficult to institute and sustain in developing countries. This has to do both with ideational factors-the absence of a liberal tradition prior to electoral mobilization-and structural conditions-the prevalence of mass mobilization along identity rather than class cleavages. This paper considers the conditions under which liberal democracy emerges and speculates about its future in developing countries.




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