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Perspectives on human development theory in democracy promotion: A comparison of democracy promotion programmes in Egypt through the lenses of classical and revised modernisation theory

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  • Dyrnes, Inger

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    This paper argues that the concept of socio-economic development needs to be redefined for the purpose of effective democracy promotion. By including aspects from human development theory, advocates of revised modernisation theory state that mass values in a society shift towards a preferance for democracy as higher levels socio-economic development provide existential security. This implies that a democratic culture shapes its institutions and not the other way around. If donor countries are willing to make long-term investments in human resources rather than focus on short-term improvements of state institutions, effective democracy may stand a better chance of developing.

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    Paper provided by United Nations University - Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (MERIT) in its series MERIT Working Papers with number 045.

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    Date of creation: 2012
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    Handle: RePEc:unm:unumer:2012045

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    Keywords: democratisation; human development theory; socio-economic development; foreign development aid; USAID; Egypt; Middle East; foreign policy; international relations; governance; civil society; institutional development; economic policy; judicial reform;

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