What Factors Affect Democracy

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Introduction If we look at the data of 17 countries that come under the democratic regime of Latin America, it is evident that the dissatisfaction is a positive sign because this shows that the young are brave enough to raise their voices and express their opinions. Some literature says that this dissatisfaction will remain for a few decades because of the uneven economic progress in the Latin American countries but there will come a time when the necessity of democracy will be realized and hence the dictatorship will end. The main reason of the dissatisfaction and political instability is that the government was unable to deal with public issues such as crimes, inequality among the people of society, and poverty. However, Chile, Costa Rica, and Uruguay are being considered as examples of consolidated democracy. In this paper, socio economic factors affecting the democracy will be discussed with respect to Chile. Factors Activating the Dissatisfaction It was…show more content…
If a country is poverty stricken but its inflation is moderate then there is a fair chance that the democracy will last and survive. Countries that have democracy growth rate lower than 5% may not be able to sustain it for very long. Another important factor is the huge variation among the incomes. If the inequality in incomes is decreasing, then the democracy is expected to last for eighty-four years, and for a country that has increasing economic imbalance, the democracy is said to last for twenty-two years. Linz and Stephen have the opinion on the fourth factor. According to them, the society must have a certain amount of autonomy, diversity and independence. They further say that democracy cannot flourish in an environment where there is authoritative economy. Even totally free market is not helpful either. In order to have successful democracy public goods such as transportation, education and health must be provided to the

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