When is Democracy Normal? The Relation to Demography, Market Economy and Globalization

Author: Tiruneh, Gizachew
The author provides a new definition of democracy—one permitting the continuous achievement of a more equal distribution of political power—before discussing the main conditions (economic development, the political process, external influences) responsible for democratic transition and development. Arguing that post-modernization theory can explain globalization, he builds on the democratic peace thesis, contending that globalization is a function of democracy. Bu how does this impact the social justice continuum?


“Gizachew Tiruneh presents a case for the continuous interactive development of individual choice-based economic, social, and political systems within the developed world and also the transformation of non-developed systems into democratic individual-choice regimes. . . .Overall, in this book, Tiruneh has made a significant contribution to democratic theory.” – Dr. Donald E. Whistler, Professor of Political Science, University of Central Arkansas

“This book is a focused conceptual piece that effectively melds individual choice, modernization, and democracy into a cogent argument demonstrating that the economic forces unleashed by modernization and spread by globalization have transformed the nature of the democracy, at least in the modern liberal state. It is a worthy contribution to the literature on democracy.” – Dr. Michael A. Kelly, Professor and Chair, Department of Social Science, Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, Kansas

“Professor Tiruneh effectively liberates the [existing] literature from settling on democratic limits, putting forth the insight that rather like an increasingly normal distribution of income, there can be an increasingly normal distribution of democracy in countries around the world the greater the country’s wealth accumulated by the middle class.” - Dr. Ross E. Burkhart, Department of Political Science, Boise State University

Table of Contents

1 Introduction
2 Democratic Transition
3 Democratic Development after Transition
4 Normal Democracy and Its Relation to to Other Social and Economic Systems: the Cases of Life Expectancy and Market Economy
5 Natural Equilibria in the Past
6 Democracy in the Age of Globalization
7 Conclusions