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The international diffusion of democracy
Elkink, Johan A.
The idea that democracy is contagious, that democracy diffuses across the world map, is now well established among policy makers and political scientists alike. The few theoretical explanations of this phenomenon focus exclusively on the political elites. This article presents a theoretical model and accompanying computer simulation that explains the diffusion of democracy on the basis of the dynamics of public opinion and mass revolutions. On the basis of the literatures on preference falsification, cascading revolutions and the social judgment theory an agent-based simulation is developed and analyzed. The results demonstrate that the diffusion of attitudes, in combination with a cascading model of revolutions,is indeed a possible theoretical explanation of the spatial clustering of democracy. Not applicable Not yet published; 12 months embargo from publication date - AV 30/7/2010 ab ke st en SB. 27/8/10 Check details when published, then embargo for 12 months - OR 30/8/10
Keyword(s): Democratic diffusion; Norm diffusion; Polarization; Agent-based modeling; Democratization; Democratization--Computer simulation; Polarization (Social sciences); Multiagent systems
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Type: Journal article
Peer-Reviewed: Unknown
Language(s): English
Institution: University College Dublin
Publisher(s): Sage Publications
File Format(s): other; application/pdf
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