What Leads to Democracy? Money + Individual Freedoms

What comes first: democracy, wealth or personal growth?

A few years ago I came across this analysis of human development across the world (PDF link below).  Their conclusion is that there is a consistent sequence that leads to democracy:  economic development –> cultural changes (e.g. more individual autonomy, freedom, secularity) –> democracy.

Together with Jared Diamond’s resource-based explanation for variations in economic development, this paints a comprehensive picture of how things got to be the way they are.

And there are some really cool charts!


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