Wednesday, August 31, 2005

In responses to Dean Esmay's post mentioning my rehash of Fareed Zakaria's observations on GDP per capita and democracy as they relate to our efforts to democratize Iraq, Professor Emeritus of Political Science and 1996 Nobel Peace Prize finalist R.J. Rummel has posted a more thorough examination of the subject, with citations from the original study. Nice to hear from an authority on such matters (as opposed to my own semi-informed ramblings) .

Definitely worth reading. He also makes the interesting point that the historical data indicates economic growth in China, while liberalizing their economic situtation, is also likely to cement the dictatorship rather than lead to democracy. I found that surprising.

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