The following is the first in a series of articles on democracy.
Many western observers of the Arab Spring are surprised that democracy has not taken hold in internet or social media time. It appears that they have forgotten just how long it took to establish democracy in the west. Perhaps it is necessary to explain, that despite our hopes and expectations, the Arab world cannot achieve a Renaissance, a Reformation and democracy at warp speed. That very same transformation took Europeans several hundred years.
To better understand the nature and consequences of the Arab Spring and other events in the Middle East we need to develop a better understanding of the history of democracy in the region and how it compares to what happened in Europe. Continue reading
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Interesting post on what the US and other western governments should really be doing to support the Arab Spring.
Global Public Square
Editor’s Note: James A. Robinson and Daron Acemoglu are co-authors of Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty. For more, visit Project Syndicate or follow it onTwitter or Facebook .
By James A. Robinson and Daron Acemoglu, Project Syndicate
The question that still underlies much thinking about economic development is this: What can we do to kick-start economic growth and reduce poverty around the world? The “we” is sometimes the World Bank, sometimes the United States and other rich countries, and sometimes professors of development economics and their students huddled in a seminar room. It is on this question that the entire development-aid complex is based.
But what has transformed Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya over the last two years has not been efforts by the outside world to improve these societies or their economies, but grassroots social movements intent on changing their…
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