Spirit of Democracy The Struggle to Build Free Societies Throughout the World

ISBN-10: 0805089136
ISBN-13: 9780805089134
Edition: 2009
Authors: Larry Diamond
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List price: $19.99
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 2/3/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 464
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

"Meticulous . . . [Diamond] gleaned that . . . the fate of democracy was not driven by events but by the passion of individual people."The New York Times Book Review In 1974, nearly three-quarters of all countries were dictatorships; today, more than half are democracies. Yet recent efforts to promote democracy have stumbled, and many democratic governments are faltering. In this sweeping vision for advancing freedom around the world, renowned social scientist Larry Diamond examines how and why democracy progresses. He demonstrates that the desire for democracy runs deep, even in very poor countries, and that seemingly entrenched regimes like Iran and China could become democracies within a generation. He also dissects the causes of the "democratic recession" in critical states, including the crime-infested oligarchy in Russia and the strong-armed populism of Venezuela. To spur a renewed democratic boom Diamond urges the United States to vigorously support good governance and free civic organizations. Only then will the spirit of democracy be secured.

Introduction: At the Dawn of the Democratic Era
A World Partally Transformed
The Universal Value
The Democratic Boom
The Democratic Recession
What Drives Democracy: The Indernal Factors
What Drives Democracy: The External Factors
What Drives Democracy: The Regional Influence
What Sustains Democracy
The Prospects for Global Democracy
Latin America's Uneasy Progress
The Postcommunist Divide
The Asian Exception?
Africa, Overcoming Personal Rule
Can the Middle East Democratize?
The Path to Democratic Renewal
Making Democracies Work
Promoting Democracy Effectively
Physician, Heal Thyself
Appendix
Notes
Acknowledgements
Index

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