Education imperatives : the effect of compulsory education on democracy
London, Eleni M.
Thesis (M.P.P.)--Georgetown University, 2011.; Includes bibliographical references.; Text (Electronic thesis) in PDF format. Universally, the education of the populace is one of the primary functions of any sovereign state. However, global differences begin to emerge when one looks at the details of education within a country. Specifically, mandatory levels of education vary immensely when compared around the world. The research will seek to determine the effect that compulsory education levels have on democracy. For the purposes of this research, democracy is defined using indices established by Freedom House for political rights and civil liberties. The effects of compulsory education on democracy have been estimated using multiple OLS and fixed effects models. The effects of mandatory education levels on democracy are nominal but more significant in the category of civil liberties. Although inconclusive, this research opens the door for future studies on the relationship between compulsory education and government models, perhaps including studies that incorporate additional education-related variables into the analysis.
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