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16 Comp. Pol. Stud. 3 (1983-1984)

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The article suggests that the massive transformation of the political system often referred
to as political developmentis responsible for the movement from high to low birth- and
death rates in national populations. The effect of the changing political system is
independent of (and in addition to) the effects of socioeconomic changes previously
presented in the theory of the demographic transition. The article reports first the nature
of the systematic connection between change in the political system on the one hand and
change in vital rates on the other. Second, it presents a new empirical measure of the
capacity and effectiveness of whole political systems.


                     POPULATION DYNAMICS

                                               JACEK KUGLER
                                            Vanderbilt  University
                                            A.F.K.   ORGANSKI
                                          University  of Michigan
                                       J. TIMOTHY JOHNSON
                                          University  of Michigan
                                             YOUSSEF COHEN
                                       University of Pennsylvania

M     ost political scientists have traditionally used demographic data to
      help account for political behavior, but few have analyzed the
influence that political change has  on demographic   patterns and
specifically on vital rates that are central to the field of political
demography   (see Organski and  Organski, 1961; Choucri, 1974). We
report  here how  the  massive  political transformations that most
countries  underwent  in the last half century have  influenced the
mortality and fertility of their populations.

AUTHORS'   NOTE: This is a summary of portions of the analysis contained in A.F.K.
Organski, Jacek Kugler, J. Timothy Johnson, and Youssef Cohen, Births, Deaths, and
Taxes (forthcoming). We are grateful for the help of Ray Langesten, William Domke,
Glenn Palmer, and Joseph Marlowe, andfor the thoughtful criticism of two anonymous

COMPARATIVE  POLITICAL STUDIES, Vol. 16 No. 1, April 1983 3-36
@  1983 Sage Publications

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