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Democracy and Development: New Thinking on an Old Question

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  • Jagdish Bhagwati

    (Columbia University)

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This paper argues on the basis of experience over the last half a century that a desirable political system like democracy need not be detrimental to economic development. Thus, it rejects the old thesis of "cruel dilemma" which presumed that faster economic progress could be achieved only under authoritarian political regimes giving rise to the phenomenon of a trade-off. It is also brought out that democracies are likely to promote world peace which helps economic growth. Finally, markets can deliver growth with or without democracy. Democracy without markets is unlikely to promote significant improvement in economic welfare of a nation.

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  • Jagdish Bhagwati, 1995. "Democracy and Development: New Thinking on an Old Question," Indian Economic Review, Department of Economics, Delhi School of Economics, vol. 30(1), pages 1-18, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:dse:indecr:v:30:y:1995:i:1:p:1-18
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    1. Ratan J. S. Dheer, 2017. "Cross-national differences in entrepreneurial activity: role of culture and institutional factors," Small Business Economics, Springer, vol. 48(4), pages 813-842, April.
    2. Muhammad Zakaria & Bashir Ahmed Fida, 2009. "Democratic Institutions and Variability of Economic Growth in Pakistan: Some Evidence from the Time-series Analysis," The Pakistan Development Review, Pakistan Institute of Development Economics, vol. 48(3), pages 269-289.
    3. Simplice Asongu & Jacinta C. Nwachukwu, 2016. "Law, Politics and the Quality of Government in Africa," Working Papers 16/019, African Governance and Development Institute..
    4. Asongu Simplice, 2011. "Law, Democracy and the Quality of Government in Africa," Working Papers 11/018, African Governance and Development Institute..
    5. Vivek H. Dehejia, 2007. "Democracy and Development: Friends or Foes?," Carleton Economic Papers 07-11, Carleton University, Department of Economics.
    6. Simplice A. Asongu, 2014. "Finance and Democracy in Africa," Institutions and Economies (formerly known as International Journal of Institutions and Economies), Faculty of Economics and Administration, University of Malaya, vol. 6(3), pages 92-116, October.
    7. repec:pid:journl:v:55:y:2016:i:4:p:437-453 is not listed on IDEAS

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    JEL classification:

    • P16 - Economic Systems - - Capitalist Systems - - - Political Economy of Capitalism
    • P23 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Systems and Transition Economies - - - Factor and Product Markets; Industry Studies; Population

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