Government, Human Development and Democracy Research Paper by Markeez

Government, Human Development and Democracy
This extensive paper is a research study asking if a democratic systems of governance remain the most ideal form of government to effectively achieve a state's developmental aims.
# 103567 | 7,165 words | 12 sources | MLA | 2008 | PH

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This paper investigates the connection between the types or forms of government and their performance in terms of the human development index (HDI), which is a more reliable measurement of development as a referent of its effect and contribution to the human person. The author argues that democratic forms of government are better able to provide for the advancement of human development because they allow for more meaningful public participation. The paper indicates that more than 60% of all dominant-assembly-oriented types (mostly referred to as parliamentary systems of government) and 20% of accountable-executive-oriented (mostly referred to as presidential systems) fall within categories regarded as "high human development" and roughly 24 percent of the former and 57% of the latter countries are within the "medium human development" category.

Table of Contents:
Related Literature
Structures of Government
Table. Riggs's Classification of Polity's (Political Systems)
Democracy and Development
Human Development
Classification of Forms of Government
Table. Classification of Forms of Government Used in the Paper
Human Development Index and Forms of Government
Table. High Human Development
Table. Medium Human Development
Table. Low Human Development
Distribution of Each Governmental Type across HD Levels
Table. Distribution of Each Type of Governmental Form across HD Levels
Table. HDI by Designated Regions and Clusters
Conclusion: Democracy for Human Development

From the Paper:

"There are governments as well, which may have plurality in terms of decision-making but it is dispersed among a few like-minded individuals advancing a common cause and not allowing for existence of competing groups or parties. This characterizes the third type of governmental system which still greatly persists in the present era--the ruling-party oriented type (Type 3). Theocratic governments are sub-classified under this since theocratic governments whether multi-party or not, allow a rather very little room for ideological dissent and since their main goals are to conservatively advance a particular religion and way of life and sometimes at the expense of political rights and civil liberties."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • The Statesman's Handbook. Edited by Barry Turner. Palgrave Mcmillan Ltd, 2002
  • Freedom House, Freedom in the World 2001-2002, New York, December 18 2001 Press Release
  • United Nations Development Programme, Deepening Democracy in a Fragmented World (New York: Oxford University Press, 2002, p.13)
  • Lipset, Seymour Martin, "Prospects for Democracy", December 2000.
  • Przeworski, Adam and Fernando Limongi, "Political Regime and Economic Growth," Journal of Economic Perspectives, 1993.

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