In This Article Expand or collapse the "in this article" section Public Opinion in New Democracies and Developing Nations

  • Introduction

Political Science Public Opinion in New Democracies and Developing Nations
Doh Chull Shin, Russell J. Dalton
  • LAST REVIEWED: 28 July 2015
  • LAST MODIFIED: 28 July 2015
  • DOI: 10.1093/obo/9780199756223-0047


Although political development depends on many factors, an important component is the social and political values of the public. For the first time in human history, we have systematic evidence on some aspects of public opinion for the vast majority of nations in the world. These tend to focus on the cultural prerequisites for democracy, the development of democratic elections, and the policy priorities of these publics. The following resources and readings highlight the new research being done in developing nations, which is one of the most rapidly growing areas of public opinion research.

Primary Sources

A major advance in public opinion research has been the expansion of surveying beyond citizens in established democracies to the publics in developing nations. In many instances, the project websites include access to the opinion surveys or other reports based on these surveys.

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