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Determinants of lasting democracy in poor countries

Clague, Christopher and Gleason, Suzanne and Knack, Stephen (2001): Determinants of lasting democracy in poor countries. Published in: Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science , Vol. 573, No. 1 (January 2001): pp. 16-41.


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This article presents a statistical study of the determinants of democracy in the postwar period. Important variables are found to be former status as a British colony, island status, the share of the population professing Islam, the percentage of European descent, penteration of the English language during colonial rule, and ethnic homogeneity.

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