The international diffusion of democracy

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Title: The international diffusion of democracy
Authors: Elkink, Johan A.
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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 diffusionNorm diffusionPolarizationAgent-based modelingDemocratization
Subject LCSH: Democratization--Computer simulation
Polarization (Social sciences)
Multiagent systems
DOI: 10.1177/0010414011407474
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Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
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