Title

The politics of population

Document Type

Article

Publication Title

International Studies Review

Publication Date

12-1-2006

Abstract

This essay evaluates the implications of international political development on demographic transitions and economic outcomes from 1980 to 2050. Countries with high levels of political capacity experience the sharpest declines in birth and death rates as well as the greatest gains in income. Politics indirectly and directly affects the environment within which individuals make decisions about the size of families; these decisions, in turn, change the future economic dynamics of a country. We find that political capacity ensures that rules are evenly applied, allowing investment for long-term gain. Our projections show that under conditions of high political capacity, anticipated demographic and economic transformations will allow China to supersede the dominance of the United States by the end of this century and will also enable the rise of India into the ranks of the dominant powers. We assess the consequences of these changes in world politics. © 2006 International Studies Review.

Volume

8

Issue

4

First Page

581

Last Page

596

DOI

10.1111/j.1468-2486.2006.00627.x

ISSN

15219488

E-ISSN

14682486

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