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

It's a general declare of Western political discourse that capitalist improvement and democracy cross hand in hand. Cross-national statistical examine on political democracy helps this declare. against this, comparative old stories conducted inside of a political economic system method argue that financial improvement was once and is appropriate with a number of political types.

The authors supply a clean and persuasive answer to the debate bobbing up out of those contrasting traditions. targeting complicated commercial international locations, Latin the United States, and the Caribbean, they locate that the increase and patience of democracy can't be defined both by way of an total structural correspondence among capitalism and democracy or by way of the function of the bourgeoisie because the agent of democratic reform. really, capitalist improvement is linked to democracy since it transforms the category constitution, enlarging the operating and center periods, facilitating their self-organization, and therefore making it more challenging for elites to exclude them. at the same time, improvement weakens the landed top category, democracy's so much constant opponent.

The courting of capitalist improvement to democracy, notwithstanding, isn't really mechanical. because the authors convey, it will depend on a posh interaction of 3 clusters of energy: the stability of energy between social periods, strength kin among the country and society, and transnational constructions of monetary and political strength. seeking to the long run, the publication concludes with a few reflections on present clients for the improvement of reliable democracy in Latin the USA and japanese Europe.

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But the progress of democrati­ zation is also not favored by the character of advanced capitalism itself, which begins to. penetrate the Russian economy. " Successful democratization in Russia now has to overcome obstacles that derive from the political and economic probl�ms of late and uneven capitalist development as well as from the changed character of capitalism anywhere. ' . An even more skeptical view of the relation between capitalism and democracy that applies to early capitalism as well can be inferred from his analysis of the role of law and bureaucracy in the rise of capitalism.

This relationship holds for all the units (say, regions) included in that sef,� (O'Donnell 1 979: 6). This raises the same question about uniform conditionSl of democracy across different regions as we just considered for different; periods of time. The argument is central to O'Donnell's view of Soutll\ America, where it seemed at the time that "political authoritarianism - not political democracy - is the more likely concomitant of the highest levels o� modernization" (O'Donnell 1979: 8). Though nothing is wrong with this ide�!

Of regionally variant conditions in logic or theoretical principle, it is contra�1 dicted by the evidence of quantitative studies that varied in regional inclusiveii ness but not in the dominant result of a positive association between level of development and democracy. Given our present knowledge, it may be more: reasonable to warn regionally specialized scholarship - such as Latin American studies - against the "particularist fallacy" of disregarding the results of more comprehensive analyses than to press the dangers of a universalist falla� against the claims of quantitative cross-national research.

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