The Effect of Democratization and Economic Freedom on Economic Growth

The Effect of Democratization and Economic Freedom on Economic Growth

Ibrahim Orkun Oral (Ardahan University, Turkey)
Copyright: © 2020 |Pages: 14
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-0333-1.ch010
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This chapter examines the impact of democratization and economic freedom on economic growth. For this purpose, according to the classification issued by the World Bank, three groups of countries, developed, developing, and underdeveloped, were included in the study. The impact of democratization and economic freedom on economic growth was tested by panel data analysis in the period of 1995-2012. As a result of the analysis, the relationship between democracy-economic freedom and economic growth has been different according to country groups. While there was a positive relationship between economic growth and democracy-economic freedom in developed and underdeveloped countries, a negative relationship was found in the developing country group.
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The Concept Of Democracy

“Democracy is derived from the combination of the words “demos” and “keratin” in Ancient Greek. In this case, the most classical definition of democracy is the self-governance of the people.”(Schmidt, 2001)Aristotle, an ancient Greek philosopher, describes democracy as a deviation from politia (Dursun, 2002).

In the definition of democracy based on freedoms, democracy; can be defined as a system where people only listen to the voice of their conscience and the administration is based on the consent of the people and the coercion is eliminated (Yılmaz, 2000). The freedoms contained in democracy by this definition of democracy; guaranteeing the physical and spiritual existence of the person freedom of expression, assembly and association and freedom of the press. Democracy in another study is defined as anything that allows the expression of freedom, and it is stated that freedom here means choosing any political system, lifestyle, religion and work (Stefan & Guimaraes, 2003). Keeping this in mind, Stefan reveals that democracy is a form of government in accordance with the decision of the majority, in accordance with the arrangements made to ensure the protection of individual and social rights of people.

When the historical development process of democracy is examined, it is seen that there are many period points. Magna Carta Libertatum, the Renaissance movements in Italy in the 1350s, the 1776 American Declaration of Independence, the 1789 French Revolution played an important role in the progress of democracy. In addition, it had a significant impact on the development of democracy in the first and second world wars. Samuel Huntington summarizes the development process of democracy as follows: (Huntington,1991)

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    First, long wave of democratization (1828-1926)

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    First reverse wave (1922- 1942)

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    Second, short wave of democratization (1943- 1962)

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    Second reserve wave (1958-1975)

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    Third wave of democratization (1974 -)

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