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.
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