Why is the democratic form of government not prospering in developing countries?

Undoubtedly, leadership is to blame that democracy has not found the strong roots in developing countries, but one cannot ignore the role of followers. Using the typology of Hersay and Blanchard, telling, selling, participative and delegating type of followers, my proposition is that most of the followers of developing countries fall in the category of telling type who lack specific skills to understand the norms of democracy. The educated class may fall in the selling type who are enthusiastic for democracy, but not willing to participate in politics to strengthen the democratic norms.

Those who practically participate in politics in the developing countries at the lower echelon, they may fall into the category of participative type; they have experience but lacked willingness to adhere to democratic norms because they fear that they may lose what they have gained. Developing countries are significantly lacking delegating type followers who have experience and ready to take the responsibility to implement the democratic norms and a source of control for their immediate political leader.

As on the economic side, developing countries have not crossed the stage of Taylor’s Scientific Management; on the political side, the followers have yet to enter into the stage of delegating type. Once developing countries cross the stage of scientific management, it is likely that the followers change their political behavior. May the future research in this direction will find the support for the proposition

Nadeem Yousaf

20 December 2016

Followers of the Leaders in Developing Countries