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Sylvia Chan examines the claim that liberal democracy on the Western model is the paradigm to which developing countries should aspire to provide good governance and economic success. The success of some countries, notably in Asia, which do not conform to that model has led many to question that link. Chan argues that these successful developing nations have enjoyed the economic and social liberties necessary to encourage economic development, without the need to adopt the formal democratic institutions and cultural values of the West.Read more
- Study of whether developing countries need to adopt democracy on the Western model to achieve economic success
- Author argues that economic and social freedoms are necessary, but not western-style institutions or culture
- Contains analysis of the successful Asian economies
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"Chan has contributed an ambitious and thought-provoking work to the growing body of literature that focuses on the continuing debate over the precise nature of the connection between democracy and economic development." Perspectives on PoliticsSee more reviews
"[Chan] examines the relationship between liberal democracy and economic development.... Recommended." Choice
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- Date Published: November 2002
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9780521808835
- length: 284 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm
- weight: 0.59kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: the question
Part I. The Present Context of Democratisation and Decomposing 'Liberal Democracy':
2. Decomposing 'liberal democracy'
3. Democratisation: between the 'liberal' and the 'democratic'
Part II. The Democracy-Development Debate: Old Problem, New Thinking:
4. Constructing an empirical explanation
5. The democracy-development debate reconsidered
6. Reconstructing an explanation of the Asian success
7. Conclusion, and a note on the Asian crisis.
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