Transitions to Democracy A Comparative Perspective
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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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All the information you need in one place! Each Study Brief is a summary of one specific subject; facts, figures, and explanations to help you learn faster.
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Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 3/12/2013
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
|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|