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Demography, Democracy, and Demonology

E. Grebenik
Population and Development Review
Vol. 15, No. 1 (Mar., 1989), pp. 1-22
Published by: Population Council
DOI: 10.2307/1973403
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1973403
Page Count: 22
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Abstract

Developments in the methods of assessing population trends are discussed and their implications for population policy are considered. Two conflicting influences on population change are identified--the Malthusian principle of a growth potential so great that limitation by disease, famine, and war is inevitable; and concern over population decline as a result of birth limitation originating in the last century, termed "fear of race suicide." These are the two "demons" of the essay's title that have alternatingly troubled scholars and policymakers since Malthus's day.

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