Developing Democracy: Concepts, measures and empirical relationships

28 May 2007
Stockholm, Sweden

This background paper reviews the extant research and debates on the causes and consequences of democracy to provide guidance to the international donor community on the key conceptual and methodological issues surrounding democracy promotion and aid conditionality.

To this end, it examines the conceptual debate surrounding the meaning of democracy and provides three working definitions; provides a review of the different strategies and efforts to measure democracy; examines the empirical findings on the causes and consequences of democracy; and concludes with a discussion of the dimensions of aid conditionality by examining the efforts by the USAID, the World Bank, and UK Department for International Development (DfID) in linking measures and assessments of governance to the allocation of aid.

About the Speaker

Todd Landman