Is Liberal Democracy Feasible in Developing Countries?

  • Dani RodrikEmail author


Liberal democracy has been difficult to institute and sustain in developing countries. This has to do both with ideational factors—the absence of a liberal tradition prior to electoral mobilization—and structural conditions—the prevalence of mass mobilization along identity rather than class cleavages. This paper considers the conditions under which liberal democracy emerges and speculates about its future in developing countries.


Liberal democracy Developing countries 



This paper was prepared for the 50th Fiftieth Anniversary Conference of Studies in Comparative International Development, Brown University, October 30, 2015. I am grateful to conference participants, especially Peter Evans and Peter Gourevitch for very helpful comments.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.John F. Kennedy School of GovernmentHarvard UniversityCambridgeUSA

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