Democracy is considered an integral part of the West’s foundation. According to the Corruption Perceptions Index and the Democracy Index, flawless democracies are the least corrupt. As such, since corruption hinders the economic growth of states, the extent to which a state is democratic should correlate to its economic development. The author, Syed Taha Mehdi, argues that in Asian countries like Pakistan, where the top 1% of the population controls 16.8% of the wealth, the political elite often exploit the state and sponsor electoral campaigns which benefit them. Hence, the policies enacted in weak democracies cater to the economic and political interests of the powerful few, often at the expense of the populace that has elected them.
Syed Taha Mehdi
Mr. Syed Taha Mehdi is a freelance writer and researcher with a keen interest in the fields of international relations and global politics, with a focus on the Middle East and South Asia. He graduated from Westminster Academy in 2021 after completing his A-Levels in social sciences and humanities. He intends to pursue international relations as his major in his undergraduate education.