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(p. 1) 1. Introduction 

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Christian Welzel

, Ronald Inglehart

, Patrick Bernhangen

, and Christian W. Haerpfer

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date: 30 September 2020

This chapter introduces the new edition of Democratization against the backdrop of a new pessimism about Democracy. It anticipates the major themes pursued in the book by discussing democracy’s persistent culture-boundedness and societal pre-conditions. The chapter concludes by highlighting economic inequality as major threat to democracy while emphasizing democracy’s value for human, political, and social life.

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