Reviewing 40 years of hard, empirical data, from China and India to Chile and Iraq, the authors show that poor democracies beat poor autocracies in every economic measure. In addition, the authors offer dramatic evidence that democracies are less likely to fight each other and that terrorists more often find safe haven in authoritarian countries such as Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Pakistan.

chapter 1|26 pages

Exposing a 50-Year-Old Myth

chapter 2|38 pages

Setting the Record Right

chapter 3|25 pages

Sustaining New Democracies

chapter 4|36 pages

Democracy and Security

chapter 5|39 pages

Making Development Safe for Democracy

chapter 6|26 pages

Democracy as the Default Option

chapter 8|10 pages

The Great Race