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The Deep Roots of Modern Democracy

The Deep Roots of Modern Democracy
Geography and the Diffusion of Political Institutions

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  • Publication planned for: September 2022
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781009114899

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  • This book explores the deep roots of modern democracy, focusing on geography and long-term patterns of global diffusion. Its geographic argument centers on access to the sea, afforded by natural harbors which enhance the mobility of people, goods, capital, and ideas. The extraordinary connectivity of harbor regions thereby affected economic development, the structure of the military, statebuilding, and openness to the world – and, through these pathways, the development of representative democracy. The authors' second argument focuses on the global diffusion of representative democracy. Beginning around 1500, Europeans started to populate distant places abroad. Where Europeans were numerous they established some form of representative democracy, often with restrictions limiting suffrage to those of European heritage. Where they were in the minority, Europeans were more reticent about popular rule and often actively resisted democratization. Where Europeans were entirely absent, the concept of representative democracy was unfamiliar and its practice undeveloped.

    • Combines in-depth case history with cross-national statistical analysis
    • Tests alternate explanations alongside the authors' own
    • Shows how the legacies of these deep roots exist today
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    'This book replaces the stereotyped generalizations in comparative politics with something genuinely novel, comparative and historical. A remarkable and exciting innovation.' James Robinson, The Reverend Dr. Richard L. Pearson Professor of Global Conflict Studies, University of Chicago

    'The authors use a wealth of evidence to build a powerful case that the roots of modern democracy as we know it today lie in a long process involving openness to the outside world as well as the diffusion of ideas and practices. As a part of this harbors-a feature of the natural environment-played a prominent role. This is a must read for anyone interested in the deep history of democracy.' David Stasavage, Julius Silver Professor, The Wilf Family Department of Politics, New York University

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    Product details

    • Publication planned for: September 2022
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781009114899
    • length: 360 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 mm
    • contains: 24 b/w illus. 8 maps 54 tables
    • availability: Not yet published - available from September 2022
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Introduction:
    1. Deep roots
    2. Democracy
    Part II. Maritime geography:
    3. Harbors and democracy
    4. Harbors
    5. Regional comparisons
    6. Global analyses
    7. Mechanisms
    Part III. European diffusion:
    8. Globalization and democracy
    9. European Ancestry
    10. Colonial and post-colonial eras
    11. Global analyses
    Part IV. Alternate explanations:
    12. Modalities of Geography
    13. Modalities of European diffusion
    14. Economics, Institutions, culture
    Part V: Conclusions:
    15. A summary view
    16. Connectedness
    Appendix A: Variables

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    John Gerring, Brendan Apfeld, Tore Wig, Andreas Forø Tollefsen

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  • Authors

    John Gerring, University of Texas, Austin
    John Gerring is Professor of Government at the University of Texas at Austin.

    Brendan Apfeld, University of Texas, Austin
    Brendan Apfeld is a data scientist at CVS Health.

    Tore Wig, Universitetet i Oslo
    Tore Wig is a professor of Political Science at the University of Oslo.

    Andreas Forø Tollefsen, Peace Research Institute Oslo
    Andreas Forø Tollefsen is a Senior Researcher at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO).

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