Building Democracy In One-Party Systems

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With democratic capitalism appearing to sweep the world, this timely collection addresses theoretical and practical aspects of building democracy in one-party systems. Contributions examine the progress and condition of democracy in Central and Eastern Europe, Africa, and the two Chinas; the fall of Gorbachev; and the Serbian drive for hegemony in the Balkans. Focusing upon four main areas, the volume analyzes (1) the theoretical challenge of creating and sustaining democracy, (2) the experience of operating ...

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Overview

With democratic capitalism appearing to sweep the world, this timely collection addresses theoretical and practical aspects of building democracy in one-party systems. Contributions examine the progress and condition of democracy in Central and Eastern Europe, Africa, and the two Chinas; the fall of Gorbachev; and the Serbian drive for hegemony in the Balkans. Focusing upon four main areas, the volume analyzes (1) the theoretical challenge of creating and sustaining democracy, (2) the experience of operating democracy in the absence of two-party competition, as found in the Southern United States, (3) building democracy in the place of communism, and (4) building democracy in less-developed countries.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275945510
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/28/1993
  • Pages: 302
  • Lexile: 1500L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

GARY D. WEKKIN is Professor of Political Science at the University of Central Arkansas.

DONALD E. WHISTLER is Professor of Political Science at the University of Central Arkansas.

MICHAEL A. KELLEY is Professor of Political Science at the University of Central Arkansas.

MICHAEL A. MAGGIOTTO is Professor of Political Science at Bowling Green State University.

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Table of Contents

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Preface
1 The Democratic Impulse and the Movement Toward Democracy: An Introduction 1
2 The Mainstream Democratic Vision 18
3 The Nominating Process: Factionalism as a Force for Democratization 47
4 Change and Democratization in One-Party Systems 70
5 Building Pluralist Democracy in Africa 85
6 Democracy and Economic Liberalism: The Foundations of Hope in Africa 104
7 Totalitarianism, Authoritarianism, and the Pursuit of Democracy: Lessons from Taiwan and China 125
8 Democracy and the Market in East Central Europe: The Hard Choices 139
9 Gorbachev's Democratic Revolution: Coping with Pluralism in Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics 169
10 Ethnic Cleavages and Democracy in the Independent Baltic States 190
11 Conclusion: Devising Democracy 223
Appendix I: Back to the Future: An Introduction to Contemporary Political Parties in the Russian Federation 232
Gary D. Wekkin
Donald R. Kelley
Appendix II: Contemporary Political Parties in the Russian Federation 238
Index 271
About the Contributors 281
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