Poverty, Participation, and Democracy: A Global Perspective

Poverty, Participation, and Democracy: A Global Perspective

by Anirudh Krishna
     
 

For too long a conventional wisdom has held sway suggesting that poor people in poor countries are not supportive of democracy and that democracies will be sustained only after a certain average level of wealth has been achieved. Evidence from twenty-four diverse countries of Asia, Africa, and Latin America examined in this volume shows that poor people do not value… See more details below

Overview

For too long a conventional wisdom has held sway suggesting that poor people in poor countries are not supportive of democracy and that democracies will be sustained only after a certain average level of wealth has been achieved. Evidence from twenty-four diverse countries of Asia, Africa, and Latin America examined in this volume shows that poor people do not value democracy any less than their richer counterparts. Their faith in democracy is as high as that of other citizens, and they participate in democratic activities as much as their richer counterparts. Democracy is not likely to be unstable or unwelcome simply because poverty is widespread. Political attitudes and participation levels are unaffected by relative wealth. Education, rather than income or wealth, makes for more committed and engaged democratic citizens. Investments in education will make a critical difference for stabilizing and strengthening democracy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521729604
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
07/21/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Contributors xi

1 Introduction: Poor People and Democracy Anirudh Krishna 1

2 Poor People and Democratic Citizenship in Africa Michael Bratton 28

3 Do Poor People Care Less for Democracy? Testing Individual-Level Assumptions with Individual-Level Data from India Anirudh Krishna 65

4 Inequality and Democracy in Latin America: Individual and Contextual Effects of Wealth on Political Participation John A. Booth Mitchell A. Seligson 94

5 The Poor and the Viability of Democracy Adam Przeworski 125

6 Conclusion: Implications for Policy and Research Anirudh Krishna John A. Booth 147

Bibliography 161

Index 179

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