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The Decline and Rise of DemocracyA Global History from Antiquity to Today$
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David Stasavage

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780691177465

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691177465.001.0001

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Democracy and Economic Development over the Long Run

Democracy and Economic Development over the Long Run

(p.181) 8 Democracy and Economic Development over the Long Run
The Decline and Rise of Democracy

David Stasavage

Princeton University Press

This chapter recounts the history of Europe's rise that played a critical part in debates about the relationship between democracy and economic development. It analyzes why China and the Islamic world were ahead in terms of economic development for much of the long span of history. It also argues that democracies and autocracies each have specific strengths and weaknesses when it comes to economic development. The chapter compares the economic developments in China and the Middle East with the development in England, which is a European country that have particularly good long-run data. It also explains how economic historians sometimes use levels of urbanization as an alternative measure of development for historical economies.

Keywords:   democracy, economic development, China, Middle East, urbanization, historical economies

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