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Boundary Control: Subnational Authoritarianism in Federal Democracies
     

Boundary Control: Subnational Authoritarianism in Federal Democracies

by Edward L. Gibson
 

ISBN-10: 0521127335

ISBN-13: 9780521127332

Pub. Date: 01/31/2013

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The democratization of a national government is only a first step in the diffusion of democracy throughout a country's territory. Even after a national government is democratized, subnational authoritarian "enclaves" often continue to deny rights to citizens of local jurisdictions. Edward L. Gibson offers new theoretical perspectives for the study of

Overview

The democratization of a national government is only a first step in the diffusion of democracy throughout a country's territory. Even after a national government is democratized, subnational authoritarian "enclaves" often continue to deny rights to citizens of local jurisdictions. Edward L. Gibson offers new theoretical perspectives for the study of democratization in his exploration of this phenomenon. His theory of "boundary control" captures the conflict pattern between incumbents and oppositions when a national democratic government exists alongside authoritarian provinces (or "states"). He also reveals how federalism and the territorial organization of countries shape how subnational authoritarian regimes are built and how they unravel. Through a novel comparison of the late nineteenth-century American "Solid South" with contemporary experiences in Argentina and Mexico, Gibson reveals that the mechanisms of boundary control are reproduced across countries and historical periods. As long as subnational authoritarian governments coexist with national democratic governments, boundary control will be at play.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521127332
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/31/2013
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction; 2. Territorial politics and subnational democratization: charting the theoretical landscape; 3. Subnational authoritarianism in the United States: boundary control and the 'Solid South'; 4. Boundary control in democratizing Argentina; 5. Boundary control in democratizing Mexico; 6. Boundary control: comparisons and conclusions.

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