Liberalism democracy development by Sylvia Chan

By Sylvia Chan

Sylvia Chan examines the declare that liberal democracy at the Western version is the paradigm to which constructing nations may still aspire to supply sturdy governance and financial good fortune. The good fortune of a few international locations, significantly in Asia, which don't comply with that version has led many to question that hyperlink. Chan argues that those profitable constructing international locations have loved the commercial and social liberties essential to motivate financial improvement, with out the necessity to undertake the formal democratic associations and cultural values of the West.

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It does not, however, propose that the Asian system is better or worse. The system is different; how it is different and how this difference is connected with economic development will be made clear in the second part of this study, where it will be explained how a different mix of ‘economic’, ‘civil’ and ‘political’ liberties is embodied in a particular institutional base that achieves economic development through achieving ‘stability’, ‘security’ and ‘openness and information’. This will help us gain a better understanding of the democracy–development relationship and which of the possibilities listed above may be more likely than the others.

Then there is the ‘democratic’ part of ‘liberal democracy’, which is closely related to and dependent on the ‘political’ liberties. 10 7 8 9 10 Other theorists have proposed similar three-fold conceptions of liberalism. T. H. Marshall (1964), for instance, divided rights into civil rights, political rights and social rights.

Again, various studies have purported to show that no connection between regime-type and development can satisfactorily be established. This study takes an alternative approach. It suggests that new insights into the relationship between regime-type and development may be gained from decomposing the concept ‘liberal democracy’ (as will be formally set up in chapter 2). It suggests that ‘liberal democracy’ has three important aspects, and the relationships between development and each of these three aspects or different mixes of these aspects may be different.

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