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Democracy without Democratic Values: A Rejoinder to Welzel and Inglehart

Teorell, Jan LU and Hadenius, Axel LU (2006) In Studies in Comparative International Development 41. p.95-111
Abstract
In reply to Welzel and Inglehart in this issue, we deploy three lines of criticism. First, we argue that their newly invented construct "effective democracy" is conceptually and empirically flawed. Second, we show that their results are highly sensitive to model specification. Regardless of the time period, their supportive evidence vanishes if a more pertinent measure of democracy is used instead of measures based on the absence of corruption, if a broader index of socioeconomic modernization is controlled for, and if their compound index of emancipative values is replaced by its core component: liberty aspirations. Third, we find that emancipative values are not a coherent syndrome at the individual level within countries, rendering the... (More)
In reply to Welzel and Inglehart in this issue, we deploy three lines of criticism. First, we argue that their newly invented construct "effective democracy" is conceptually and empirically flawed. Second, we show that their results are highly sensitive to model specification. Regardless of the time period, their supportive evidence vanishes if a more pertinent measure of democracy is used instead of measures based on the absence of corruption, if a broader index of socioeconomic modernization is controlled for, and if their compound index of emancipative values is replaced by its core component: liberty aspirations. Third, we find that emancipative values are not a coherent syndrome at the individual level within countries, rendering the causal mechanism linking these values to democracy through collective action unintelligible. We conclude that democratic values are not a robust determinant of democratization. (Less)
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  author       = {Teorell, Jan and Hadenius, Axel},
  issn         = {0039-3606},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {95--111},
  publisher    = {Transaction Publishers},
  series       = {Studies in Comparative International Development},
  title        = {Democracy without Democratic Values: A Rejoinder to Welzel and Inglehart},
  volume       = {41},
  year         = {2006},
}