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Growing Up Democratic: Does It Make a Difference?

David Denemark, Robert Mattes, and Richard G. Niemi, editors
Growing Up Democratic: Does It Make a Difference?
ISBN: 978-1-62637-519-2
ISBN: 978-1-62637-556-7
2016/319 pages/LC: 2016000719
The Global Barometers Series
"This is an important book. Highly recommended."—Choice

"A first-rate group of internationally renowned experts analyze a classic issue: how much do people growing up under democratic vs. authoritarian regimes differ in their life-long political values?... Essential reading for scholars/students of public opinion, comparative politics, political sociology, and democratization."—Pippa Norris, Harvard University

"An important contribution.... This book gives readers a single source for exploring variation in support for democracy in each region of the globe."—Matthew Miles, Brigham Young University–Idaho


What explains differing levels of support for democracy in postauthoritarian countries? Do young people value democracy simply because they have grown up with it? Or do older generations, having experienced the alternative, value democracy more highly? Does the socialization of new generations into the norms of democratic citizenship herald the normalization of democratic governance? Or have frustrations with political corruption and economic stagnation led to the rejection of democracy or, at a minimum, the view that it is irrelevant?

These questions are at the heart of this groundbreaking study of the impact of generational change on support for democracy and opposition to authoritarian rule in countries and regions around the world.


David Denemark is professor of international relations at the University of Delaware. Robert Mattes is professor of politics at the University of Strathclyde. Richard G. Niemi is Don Alonzo Watson professor of political science at the University of Rochester.


  • Growing Up Democratic—R. Mattes, D. Denemark, and R.G. Niemi. 
  • Southern Europe: Elite-Led Culture Change—R. Gunther and J.R. Montero.
  • Latin America: The Modest Dividend of Growing Up Democratic—A. Moreno and M. Lagos.
  • East Asia: Variable Support for Democracy in a Diverse Region—J.F. Hsieh and J. Lin.
  • South Asia: An Arm's Length Embrace of Democracy—S. Shastri, R. Syal, S. Palshikar, and S. Sarawgi.
  • Eastern and Central Europe: Growing up Communist, Learning to Be Democratic—W. Mishler, R. Rose, and N. Matukhno.
  • Sub-Saharan Africa: The Positive Impact of Effective Democracy—R. Mattes.
  • Advanced Democracies: The Erosion of Traditional Democratic Citizenship—D. Denemark, T. Donovan, and R.G. Niemi.
  • The Arab World: The Challenges of Political Islam—E. Gao.
  • China: The Impact of Modernization and Liberalization on Democratic Attitudes—M. Huang, Y. Chu, and C. Yongrong.
  • Generational Change in Postauthoritarian Democracies?—R. Mattes, D. Denemark, and R.G. Niemi.