Transitions to Democracy A Comparative Perspective

ISBN-10: 1421408147

ISBN-13: 9781421408149

Edition: 2013

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Description: As demonstrated by current events in Tunisia and Egypt, oppressive regimes are rarely immune to their citizens’ desire for democratic government. Of course, desire is always tempered by reality; therefore how democratic demands are made manifest is a critical source of study for both political scientists and foreign policy makers. What issues and consequences surround the fall of a government, what type of regime replaces it, and to what extent are these efforts successful? Kathryn Stoner and Michael McFaul have created an accessible book of fifteen case studies from around the world that will help students understand these complex issues. Their model builds upon O'Donnell and Schmitter's classic work, using a rubric of four identifying factors that can be applied to each case study, making comparison relatively easy. Transitions to Democracy yields strong comparisons and insights. For instance, the study reveals that efforts led by the elite and involving the military are generally unsuccessful, whereas mass mobilization, civic groups, and new media have become significant factors in supporting and sustaining democratic actors. This collection of writings by scholars and practitioners is organized into three parts: successful transitions, incremental transitions, and failed transitions. Extensive primary research and a rubric that can be applied to burgeoning democracies offer readers valuable tools and information.

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List price: $30.00
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 3/12/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 456
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.672
Language: English

Transitional Successes and Failures: The International-Domestic Nexus
Successful Transition Cases
The Soviet Union and Russia: The Collapse of 1991 and the Initial Transition to Democracy in 1993
Poland: International Pressure for a Negotiated Transition, 1981-1989
Serbia: Evaluating the Bulldozer Revolution
Ukraine: External Actors and the Orange Revolution
Indonesia: Economic Crisis, Foreign Pressure, and Regime Change
South Africa: Enabling Liberation
Chile: Coordinating a Successful Democratic Transition
Incremental Transition Cases
Ghana: Democratic Transition, Presidential Power, and the World Bank
Mexico: International Influences but "Made in Mexico"
South Korea: The Puzzle of Two Transitions
Turkey: The Counterintuitive Transition of 1983
Failed Transition Cases
Algeria: An Aborted Transition
Iran: The Genealogy of a Tailed Transition
China: The Doomed Transitional Moment of 1989
Azerbaijan: Losing the Transitional Moment
List of Contributors
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