Prerequisites for Democracy

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Prerequisites for Democracy A. Advanced Economic Development Where does one find democracy? Democracies appeared in advanced economically developed societies because: 1. A highly literate populace demands to participate in government. 2. A large middle-class acts to protect its interests through democracy. 3. The survival of democratic forms of government may depend upon continual economic growth . During periods of economic growth, even the poor feel like their lives are getting better. There is more of a feeling of camaraderie between the masses and between masses and elites. Everyone is more willing to negotiate because nearly everyone feels that their life is improving -- no one feels threatened. During periods of economic decline, however, those who control the means of authority and violence act to protect their interests. They often do so by invoking a more authoritarian form of government. B. Restraints on Government Power
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