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JUN 27, 2013 - The Economist

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Prosperity and protest: Cry freedom

CHAMPIONS of modernisation theory—the idea that prosperity begets democracy—are upbeat. Street protests in Brazil, India and Turkey have rallied mostly middle-class crowds demanding better public services and an end to corruption. Proof, surely, of the American sociologist Barrington Moore’s dictum: “No bourgeoisie, no democracy”.According to 2008 estimates from the Asian Development Bank, the middle classes (defined as those earning $2-20 a day, so including many just out of poverty) were 56% of developing Asia’s population, up from 21% in 1990. As this demographic slice grows, so too do ... Read More

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