Doctrine is actually often a lot looser and more subject to interpretation than we tend to assume and the way that the doctrine gets interpreted is often partially a function of group interests themselves. If you have a religious group in a given country that believes it would benefit from democracy, it's pretty likely that that group will find a way to interpret and frame its doctrine in a way that supports democracy.
- Mike Hoffman
A full transcript is available at www.democracyparadox.com.
Key Highlights Include
Mike Hoffman is a professor of political science at Notre Dame and the author of Faith in Numbers: Religion, Sectarianism, and Democracy.
Faith in Numbers: Religion, Sectarianism, and Democracy by Michael Hoffman
Economic Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy by Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson
Patterns of Democracy by Arend Lijphart