Western Democracies And The Middle East And North Africa

1923 Words Nov 26th, 2014 8 Pages
This issue is one that has been, and still is, contested across the world. It is easy to argue that there are examples of both successful democracies and dictatorships (especially in regards to the Middle East and the North Africa region), as well as examples of those that are failing, particularly in an economic sense. Whilst it is indeed argued that the introduction of democracy to many of the Middle Eastern countries may indeed encourage economic development, there are also many arguments as to the benefits that non-democratic countries can achieve in the same field. The example of the strength of Western democracies, whilst appropriate in the Western setting, may not transfer smoothly (or at all) into Middle Eastern society, given the differences in cultures and long term history of non-democracy found there. It is also perhaps the case that the real potential influencer upon any economic development, both short term and long term, may in fact be the capitalism that is so often associated with democracy. It soon also becomes clear that, upon further study, that it is particularly difficult to compare democracies and dictatorships economically, as there are also many other factors that contribute to economic growth, which can thus make any statistics relatively redundant.
Despite these setbacks to this investigation, it becomes apparent that there are in fact many noticeable comparisons between the two. Using the example of Britain, as an economically successful country,…
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