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Democracy Works is a joint project between the Legatum Institute (LI), the Centre for Development and Enterprise (CDE) in Johannesburg, Centre for Policy Research (CPR) in New Delhi, and Instituto de Estudos do Trabalho e Sociedade (IETS) in Rio de Janeiro.

The project explores the relationship between democracy and growth. Although the relationship between China’s authoritarian model and growth has been much examined in recent years, few asked whether the experience of rapidly growing countries which have embraced both market capitalism and democracy might also contain lessons for other developing countries. Democracy Works aims to:

- Refresh and add diversity to global debates on democracy, markets and growth

- Challenge the idea that democracy is a hindrance to growth

- Assert that democracy can achieve inclusive growth without the human rights violations and other costs of authoritarian government

- Claim space for democratic voices from the South

Towards this end, the partner organisations hosted workshops in India, South Africa and Brazil. Each of these workshops produced four conference papers—the work of scholars based in the three countries—as well as an in-depth country report.

The final report The Democratic Alternative from the South was launched at the Legatum Institute on 13 May 2014. It was also presented at a series of events with other organisations, including the Overseas Development Institute, Westminster Foundation for Democracy and LSE IDEAS in London. In Washington, DC discussions were held at the National Endowment for Democracy, Woodrow Wilson Center, World Bank, US Department of State and American Enterprise Institute, among others.

 

The Democratic Alternative From the South: India, Brazil, South Africa - Democracy Works Final Report

The Democratic Alternative From the South: India, Brazil, South Africa - Executive Summary [PDF]

The Democratic Alternative From the South: India, Brazil, South Africa - Final Report [PDF]

Democracy Works Country Report: Brazil

Brazil and the Pursuit of Inclusive Growth [PDF]

Democracy Works Conference Papers: Brazil

Democracy and Growth [PDF]
Democracy and Inclusive Growth [PDF]
Democracy and Corruption [PDF]
Democracy and the Innovation Dividend [PDF]

Democracy Works Country Report: South Africa

South Africa and the Pursuit of Inclusive Growth [PDF]

Democracy Works Conference Papers: South Africa

Post-Apartheid Democracy and Growth [PDF]
Democracy, Corruption and Conflict Management [PDF]
Democracy, Poverty and Inclusive Growth Since 1994 [PDF]
Innovation and Democracy [PDF]

Democracy Works Country Report: India

India and the Pursuit of Inclusive Growth [PDF]

Democracy Works Conference Papers: India

Democracy and Economic Growth [PDF]
Democracy, Growth and Development 1951-2012 [PDF]
Democracy and Corruption [PDF]
Uneven Innovation Amid a Noisy Democracy [PDF]

 

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