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By Dietrich Rueschemeyer, John D. Stephens, Evelyne Huber Stephens

It's a common declare of Western political discourse that capitalist improvement and democracy pass hand in hand. Cross-national statistical examine on political democracy helps this declare. against this, comparative old reviews conducted inside of a political financial system procedure argue that monetary improvement was once and is appropriate with a number of political kinds.

The authors provide a clean and persuasive solution to the talk coming up out of those contrasting traditions. concentrating on complicated commercial international locations, Latin the US, and the Caribbean, they locate that the increase and endurance of democracy can't be defined both via an total structural correspondence among capitalism and democracy or through the function of the bourgeoisie because the agent of democratic reform. relatively, capitalist improvement is linked to democracy since it transforms the category constitution, enlarging the operating and heart sessions, facilitating their self-organization, and hence making it more challenging for elites to exclude them. at the same time, improvement weakens the landed higher type, democracy's such a lot constant opponent.

The courting of capitalist improvement to democracy, notwithstanding, isn't mechanical. because the authors express, it depends upon a fancy interaction of 3 clusters of energy: the stability of energy between social periods, strength family among the kingdom and society, and transnational buildings of financial and political energy. trying to the longer term, the booklet concludes with a few reflections on present clients for the advance of strong democracy in Latin the USA and jap Europe.

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But that does not mean that it will be replaced by a democratic regime. The project of democratization would have to rely primarily on the power of Western ideas, while it faces overwhelming structural obstacles. These obstacles are in Weber's , view firstly grounded in the conditions of the Russian political economy, particularly in its agrarian problems. But the progress of democrati­ zation is also not favored by the character of advanced capitalism itself, which begins to. penetrate the Russian economy.

1 from the statistical results. The correlations between development and demo- : cracy constitute not more and not less. In regard to . •� the theoretical account of the conditions of democracy, this empirical genera1ization plays a role that is critically important and at the same time strictly : limited: It has a veto power over certain explanations - those that are at odds ; with it; but it does not determine the choice between various theoretical . accounts that are compatible with it. If we must consider the association between development and democracy a } fundamental given i n any theoretical argument about the conditions of democracy, the quantitative cross-national research has yielded also a number c of results that have less definite and often quite ambiguous implications.

R,agin claims that comparative historical case studies are generally inhospit­ �61e to structural explanations while "wide-ranging cross-national studies, by �ontrast, are biased in favor of structural explanations" (Ragin 1 987: 70). There is,\ little doubt about the latter assertion. In fact, cross-national statistical ;i�search has no choice but to be structurally oriented. 1 3 The former, however, truly holds only for single-case historical accounts. The voluntaristic bias of c�e oriented research is counterbalanced by comparison.

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