By G. Bingham Powell Jr.
Why do a little democracies prevail whereas others fail? In looking a solution to this vintage challenge, G. Bingham Powell, Jr. examines the checklist of voter participation, govt balance, and violence in 29 democracies throughout the Sixties and Nineteen Seventies. The middle of the booklet and its such a lot distinguishing function is the therapy of the position of political events in mobilizing electorate and containing violence.
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1 below and the violence statistics in the Appendix. Population size must be considered in attempts to explain the different levels of violence in the democracies. It is an important national characteristic that does tend to be associated with the frequency of violent events, particularly riots and protests, as we shall see in Chapter 3. Thus although both absolute and per capita measures of violence are useful in simple comparisons, any theoretical explanation of violence must take account of population size in order to avoid bias.
Students of the consequences of modernization have focused on different elements of it, and have predicted various political outcomes dependent on specific combinations of factors, such as the ratio of economic development to social mobilization, or the level of economic development THE SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC ENVIRONMENT 35 attained at the time of introducing political competition. 12 But it is difficult to test these predictions clearly, because of the rather small number of less economically developed democracies and, often, because of rather poor specification of the elements in the theory itself.
The factor analysis uses the SPSS Factor Analysis program, with default options. See Norman H. ), ch. 25. The analysis uses the 27 nations that were democracies for five years or more in the decade 1967-1976 (excluding Israel because of problems of data comparability). b. These are absolute numbers, but using per capita riots and deaths yields similar results. As in all correlation and regression in this book, extreme cases (absolute or per capita) are truncated to the ninetieth percentile values to prevent bias.
Contemporary Democracies: Participation, Stability, and Violence (Menil Foundation) by G. Bingham Powell Jr.