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Description - The Democracy Advantage by Morton Halperin

'This valuable and timely volume obliterates the myth beloved of dictators that democracy is somehow the enemy of development rather than an essential ally. Here is a treasury of evidence that freedom is not only right - it works.' - Madeline Albright, former US Secretary of State For decades, policies pursued by the US and other industrialized nations towards the developing world have been based on a dirty little secret among policy experts: democracy and development don't mix. Turning this long-held view on its head, The Democracy Advantage makes a bold case that they do. In this timely, penetrating analysis, the authors of this path-breaking book explode the conventional wisdom that democratic reforms are destabilizing and that the U.S. must first promote development - often relying on authoritarian regimes - in order to create a middle class that will support democracy. Reviewing 40 years of hard, empirical data, from China and India to Chile and Iraq, the authors show that poor democracies beat poor autocracies in every economic measure. In addition, the authors offer dramatic evidence that democracies are less likely to fight each other and that terrorists more often find safe haven in authoritarian countries such as Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan. Wide-ranging and grounded in solid research, The Democracy Advantage outlines a new vision of foreign policy that combines the best of America's democratic and economic values.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415950527
ISBN-10: 041595052X
Format: Hardback
(229mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 312
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 29-Nov-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Morton Halperin

Morton Halperin is one of America's most respected foreign policy analysts and served in the Clinton, Nixon, and Johnson administrations. He taught at Harvard and is currently the Senior Vice President of the Center for American Progress. Joseph T. Siegle has done extensive research pn developing countries and is the Douglas Dillon Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. Michael Weinstein is Director of Programs for the Robin Hood Foundation and publishes frequently on the editorial pages of The New York Times.