Democracy in Developing Countries: Pros & Cons

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In summary: People in China have better medical care and education, and yet the country is still very poor. Democracy is not always good for countries because it can waste a lot of money, and it can also lead to violence.
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Is democracy always good for countries? While of course, a democracy in which people can freely and openly state their views and can vote for who they want to be their leader is a preferable situation, a democratic system like that of most developed 'western' countries, is not always a good thing in developing countries. People in China for example, have far better medical care and education overall than most countries in central Africa, or indeed many countries neighbouring China. I might also point to the recent violence at the Kenyan elections.

I believe the problem arises when there is a change of government, and a major change in the views of the people running the country, because the previous government may have invested in one thing, but the new government diverts money away from that to something else. This wastes a huge amount of money in all countries, but it is particularly noticeable in developing countries.

I'm not saying it would be better to get rid of democracy in such countries, rather adapt it to fit them, perhaps using coalition governments, so all parties can have some substantial power in how the country is run. What do you think?
 
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"Good" is not a real useful word here - what you should be examining is if it is better than other systems for developing countries.
 
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The population must be educated on the subject of individual freedom and the right to vote...or (think derivatives trading) the only people who know the rules might be tempted to take advantage of the circumstances...it's human nature.
 
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jamesb-uk said:
Is democracy always good for countries?

No.
You also missed things like corruptions in the developing countries. WhoWee pointed out other important thing: literacy, poverty etc (I remember reading that poor people vote more than middle class particularly in India. It had elections recently.).

Democracy doesn't work the way the books describe.
 

Related to Democracy in Developing Countries: Pros & Cons

1. What are the benefits of democracy in developing countries?

Democracy allows for equal representation and participation of citizens in government decision-making processes. It also promotes transparency and accountability, which can lead to reduced corruption and improved economic growth. Additionally, democracy encourages freedom of speech and expression, which can lead to a more diverse and innovative society.

2. What are the potential drawbacks of democracy in developing countries?

One potential drawback is the instability that can occur during the transition to a democratic system. Developing countries may also face challenges such as low levels of education and political awareness, which can hinder the success of democracy. There may also be a lack of resources and infrastructure to support a democratic government.

3. How does democracy impact the economy of developing countries?

Democracy can have positive effects on the economy of developing countries by promoting stability and reducing corruption. However, it can also lead to political instability and frequent changes in leadership, which can negatively impact the economy. Additionally, the transition to a democratic system may require significant resources and can disrupt the economy in the short term.

4. What role do international organizations play in promoting democracy in developing countries?

International organizations, such as the United Nations and the World Bank, often provide support and resources to developing countries in their efforts to establish and strengthen democracy. They may also offer guidance and assistance in developing democratic institutions and promoting good governance practices.

5. Are there any common challenges that developing countries face in implementing democracy?

Developing countries may face challenges such as a lack of resources, political instability, and cultural and societal barriers in implementing democracy. Other common challenges include low levels of education and political awareness, as well as resistance from those in power who may be opposed to democratic reforms.

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