Volume 28 - Article 46 | Pages 1373-1388

Thinking about post-transitional demographic regimes: A reflection

By Chris Wilson

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Date received:10 Mar 2013
Date published:27 Jun 2013
Word count:4655
Keywords:demographic regimes, demographic transition, post-transitional demography


Background: For the last 70 years the concept of the demographic transition has provided a basis for understanding and predicting population trends in the developing world. However, a majority of the developing world’s population will soon be post-transitional - what will happen then? This paper attempts to outline where answers to this question might be found. It suggests that a valuable way to organise the study of these issues is the concept of the demographic regime.

Objective: The aim of the paper is to encourage discussion on the nature of post-transitional demographic regimes around the world, especially in the developing world. The style of the reflection is that of a speculative essay - a Denkstűck or ballon d’essai.

Methods: In addition to a discussion of the concept of a demographic regime, the paper looks at three possible sources of information on the determinants of post-transitional regimes in the developing world: 1) the nature of the transition itself, 2) lessons drawn from pre-transitional regimes, and 3) demographic trends in Europe and other developed countries, some which have been post-transitional for several decades.

Conclusions: The paper concludes with a set of suggestions for future research on the topic.

Author's Affiliation

Chris Wilson - University of Oxford, United Kingdom [Email]

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