Democracy, Globalization, and Science

09/10/2019 ∙ by Travis A. Whetsell, et al. ∙ 0

The relationship between democracy and science has long been discussed by scholars. However, the question has not been adequately addressed empirically at the international level. Using panel data on 161 countries over a seven-year period, we estimate the effects of democracy on scientific influence, controlling for globalization, population size, publication output, and level of international research collaboration. The results show that countries with higher levels of democracy tend to have higher impact science.

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