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27 juin 2011 1 27 /06 /juin /2011 07:28

I was very interested in what you just said. I was on a panel, which discussed the connection between democratisation and economic modernisation, which, it was a bit of a chicken and egg kind of discussion. There was one group of people who think that democracy came as a result of economic modernisation, and another group, I think, was very much of the view you've just outlined, - that democracy or democratisation, the extension of freedom, is absolutely necessary for successful economic modernisation.
And then people talked about what's the experience of history in these things and why was it not possible for Russia to pursue the path of China, for example, or other countries which were very successful in their economic development under authoritarian systems, and then democracies came after - they had achieved a certain level of success.

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