Debates on Democratization

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Overview

For more than twenty years, the Journal of Democracy has been a leading voice in the conversation between scholars and practitioners about government by consent and its place in the contemporary world.

If democracy means anything, it means robust debates. Over the years, the pages of the Journal have certainly seen their share of lively and illuminating scholarly disagreements. As a service to students and teachers who wish to deepen their understanding of the questions and controversies that surround contemporary democratization, the Journal has now brought together a series of exchanges on the topic.

Debates on Democratization explores the issues of democratic consolidation, the reality of the transition paradigm, the advisability of attempting to "sequence" elections and other liberal-democratic reforms, the nature and prospects of the "color revolutions" in the former Eastern Bloc, and the relative merits of presidentialism and its alternatives from the point of view of democratic governance and stability.

The volume is filled with insightful, thought-provoking arguments by leading thinkers in the field. Graduate and undergraduate students alike will find it a useful guide to key issues facing emerging democracies today.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801897771
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 8/20/2010
  • Series: A Journal of Democracy Book
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Larry Diamond is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University, where he also directs the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law. Marc F. Plattner is vice president for research and studies at the National Endowment for Democracy, where he directs the International Forum for Democratic Studies. They serve as coeditors of the Journal of Democracy. Philip J. Costopoulos is executive editor of the Journal of Democracy.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction Philip J. Costopoulos xi

I Democratic Consolidation

1 Toward Consolidated Democracies Juan J. Linz Alfred Stepan 3

2 Illusions About Consolidation Guillermo O'Donnell 23

3 O'Donnell's "Illusions": A Rejoinder Richard Gunther P. Nikiforos Diamandouros Hans-Jürgen Puhle 41

4 Illusions and Conceptual Flaws Guillermo O'Donnell 50

5 What Is Democratic Consolidation? Andreas Schedler 59

II The Transition Paradigm

6 The End of the Transition Paradigm Thomas Carothers 77

7 In Partial Defense of an Evanescent "Paradigm" Guillermo O'Donnell 94

8 The Democratic Path Ghia Nodia 101

9 Retaining the Human Dimension Kenneth Wollack 108

10 Tilting at Straw Men Gerald Hyman 114

11 A Reply to My Critics Thomas Carothers 121

III Sequencing

12 The "Sequencing" Fallacy Thomas Carothers 129

13 How Democracies Emerge Sheri Berman 145

14 The Sequencing "Fallacy" Edward D. Mansfield Jack Snyder 159

15 Liberalism versus State-Building Francis Fukuyama 164

16 The Vain Hope for "Correct" Timing Sheri Berman 168

17 Misunderstanding Gradualism Thomas Carothers 172

IV The Color Revolutions

18 Transitions from Postcommunism Michael McFaul 179

19 Favorable Conditions and Electoral Revolutions Valerie Bunce Sharon Wolchik 194

20 The Real Causes of the Color Revolutions Lucan Way 208

21 Getting Real About "Real Causes" Valerie Bunce Sharon Wolchik 223

22 An Interrelated Wave Mark R. Beissinger 228

23 Popular Autocrats Martin K. Dimitrov 232

24 Necessary Distinctions Charles H. Fairbanks, Jr 236

25 What Are We Trying to Explain? Vitali Silitski 240

26 A Reply to My Critics Lucan Way 244

V Presidentalism

27 The Perils of Presidentialism Juan J. Linz 255

28 Comparing Democratic Systems Donald L. Horowitz 273

29 The Centrality of Political Culture Seymour Martin Lipset 280

30 The Virtues of Parliamentarism Juan J. Linz 284

31 Variations on a Theme Robert Elgie 292

Index 307

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