The Failure of Democratic Nation Building: Ideology Meets Evolution

  • Authors
  • Albert Somit
  • Steven A. Peterson

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIII
  2. Albert Somit, Steven A. Peterson
    Pages 1-8
  3. Albert Somit, Steven A. Peterson
    Pages 9-23
  4. Albert Somit, Steven A. Peterson
    Pages 25-33
  5. Albert Somit, Steven A. Peterson
    Pages 47-60
  6. Albert Somit, Steven A. Peterson
    Pages 61-75
  7. Albert Somit, Steven A. Peterson
    Pages 77-92
  8. Albert Somit, Steven A. Peterson
    Pages 93-109
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 117-159

About this book

Introduction

Throughout history authoritarian governments have outnumbered democratic ones to an overwhelming degree. Even today, true democracies are an exception. In this book, Somit and Peterson argue that the main reason for this pattern is that humans are social primates with an innate tendency for hierarchical and authoritarian social and political structures. Democracy requires very special 'enabling conditions' before it can be supported by a state, conditions that require decades to evolve. As a result, attempts to export democracy through nation-building to states without these enabling conditions are doomed to failure. The authors argue that money and energy devoted to nation-building around the globe by the U.S. would be better spent on problems facing the country domestically.

Keywords

democracy energy government ideology state

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