Major Department

Political Science

College

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Degree

BA (Bachelor of Arts)

Session and Year of Graduation

Summer 2020

Honors Major Advisor

John S. Nelson

Thesis Mentor

Douglas DIon

Abstract

This paper attempts to determine if a causal connection exists between majority literacy and the formation of a democracy in a particular polity. After defining terms, I discuss the logic of testing necessary and sufficient conditions. Case studies of two ancient polities (Athens and Syracuse) and two modern polities (India and Russia) are undertaken to determine whether majority literacy is a necessary and/or sufficient condition for democracy. I conclude that claims regarding the causal efficacy of literacy on democracy have been exaggerated.

Keywords

Democracy, Literacy

Total Pages

26

Copyright

Copyright © 2019 Matthew A Wallack

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URL

https://ir.uiowa.edu/honors_theses/325