The international diffusion of democracy
|Title:||The international diffusion of democracy||Authors:||Elkink, Johan A.||Permanent link:||http://hdl.handle.net/10197/2978||Date:||25-May-2011||Online since:||2011-06-13T15:58:00Z||Abstract:||The idea that democracy is contagious, that democracy diffuses across the world map, is now well established among policy makers and political scientists alike. The few theoretical explanations of this phenomenon focus exclusively on the political elites. This article presents a theoretical model and accompanying computer simulation that explains the diffusion of democracy on the basis of the dynamics of public opinion and mass revolutions. On the basis of the literatures on preference falsification, cascading revolutions and the social judgment theory an agent-based simulation is developed and analyzed. The results demonstrate that the diffusion of attitudes, in combination with a cascading model of revolutions,is indeed a possible theoretical explanation of the spatial clustering of democracy.||Funding Details:||Not applicable||Type of material:||Journal Article||Publisher:||Sage Publications||Journal:||Comparative Political Studies||Volume:||44||Issue:||12||Start page:||1651||End page:||1674||Copyright (published version):||The Author(s) 2011||Keywords:||Democratic diffusion; Norm diffusion; Polarization; Agent-based modeling; Democratization||Subject LCSH:||Democratization--Computer simulation
Polarization (Social sciences)
|DOI:||10.1177/0010414011407474||Other versions:||http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0010414011407474||Language:||en||Status of Item:||Peer reviewed||This item is made available under a Creative Commons License:||https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/1.0/|
|Appears in Collections:||Politics and International Relations Research Collection|
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