This book is a quantitative study of the impact of international financial transfer on the level of democracy. The study covers 174 developed and developing countries from 1976 through 1994. Through evaluating the democracy and democratization literature, the book develops a theory and testable hypotheses about the impact of the international variables foreign aid and foreign direct investment on levels of democracy. This study seeks to determine whether these two financial variables promote or nurture democracy and how? A pooled time-series cross-sectional model is developed employing these two variables along with other relevant control variables. The model also includes an economic development variable (per capita Gross National Product) to account for the powerful impact for economic development on the level of democracy, as well as a control for each country's population size. By addressing and the inclusion of financial, economic, strategic, and population size effects, the study considers whether change in these variables affect the level of democracy and in which direction.
Mohammad AlMomani is associate professor of political science. He taught at Rice University. He is deputy director of State University of New York Legislative Strengthening Program. He is lecturer at Jordan Diplomatic Institution and Council of International Education Exchange. He was director of Regional Human Security Center.