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Democratization In The Human Development Perspective

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This article describes a model that considers the emergence and florescence of democracies as something embedded in a more encompassing evolutionary process. Democratization, in this light, is the institutional component of a broader process of human development. The article summarizes the human development approach and its view on democracy. The author argues that emancipative values gain momentum in societies to the extent to which societal constraints on people's intrinsic choices recede, which happens when growing civic resources make people materially, cognitively, and socially more capable to pursue self-chosen activities. The human development nexus between civic resources, emancipative ideals, and democratic liberties is evident throughout history. The article describes democratization as an integral part of a broader process of human development that empowers people.

Keywords: civic resources; democratic liberties; democratization; emancipative values; human development



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