Problems of Democratic Transition and Consolidation Southern Europe, South America, and Post-Communist Europe

ISBN-10: 0801851580

ISBN-13: 9780801851582

Edition: 1996

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Since their classic volume The Breakdown of Democratic Regimes was published in 1978, Juan J. Linz and Alfred Stepan have increasingly focused on the questions of how, in the modern world, nondemocratic regimes can be eroded and democratic regimes crafted. In Problems of Democratic Transition and Consolidation, they break new ground in numerous areas. They reconceptualize the major types of modern nondemocratic regimes and point out for each type the available paths to democratic transition and the tasks of democratic consolidation. They argue that, although "nation-state" and "democracy" often have conflicting logics, multiple and complementary political identities are feasible under a common roof of state-guaranteed rights. They also illustrate how, without an effective state, there can be neither effective citizenship nor successful privatization. Further, they provide criteria and evidence for politicians and scholars alike to distinguish between democratic consolidation and pseudo-democratization, and they present conceptually driven survey data for the fourteen countries studied. Problems of Democratic Transition and Consolidation contains the first systematic comparative analysis of the process of democratic consolidation in southern Europe and the southern cone of South America, and it is the first book to ground post-Communist Europe within the literature of comparative politics and democratic theory. "This is an important volume by two major scholars on a central topic--one of broad interest to people in comparative politics, to those interested in democracy, and to regional specialists on Southern Latin America and on Central and Eastern Europe. The book will unquestionably be a major contribution to the literature on constructing democratic governance."--Abraham F. Lowenthal, University of Southern California
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List price: $31.00
Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 8/8/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 504
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.584
Language: English

ROBERT W. CAMPBELL is Distinguished Professor of Economics at Indiana University. He is the author of The Socialist Economies in Transition: A Primer on Semi-Reformed Systems, as well as publications on energy policy, research and development, military affairs, and the telecommunications sector in the USSR.

List of Figures, Tables, and Exhibits
Preface and Acknowledgments
Democracy and Its Arenas
"Stateness," Nationalism, and Democratization
Modern Nondemocratic Regimes
The Implications of Prior Regime Type for Transition Paths and Consolidation Tasks
Actors and Contexts
The Paradigmatic Case of Reforma Pactada-Ruptura Pactada: Spain
From Interim Government to Simultaneous Transition and Consolidation: Portugal
Crisis of a Nonhierarchical Military Regime: Greece
Southern Europe: Concluding Reflections
A Risk-Prone Consolidated Democracy: Uruguay
Crises of Efficacy, Legitimacy, and Democratic State "Presence": Brazil
From an Impossible to a Possible Democratic Game: Argentina
Incomplete Transition/Near Consolidation? Chile
South America: Concluding Reflections
Post-Communism's Prehistories
Authoritarian Communism, Ethical Civil Society, and Ambivalent Political Society: Poland
Varieties of Post-Totalitarian Regimes: Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Bulgaria
The Effects of Totalitarianism-cum-Sultanism on Democratic Transition: Romania
The Problems of "Stateness" and Transitions: The USSR and Russia
When Democracy and the Nation-State Are Conflicting Logics: Estonia and Latvia
Post-Communist Europe: Concluding Comparative Reflections
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