Democracy Challenged: The Rise of Semi-authoritarianism / Edition 1

Democracy Challenged: The Rise of Semi-authoritarianism / Edition 1

by Marina Ottaway
     
 

ISBN-10: 0870031953

ISBN-13: 9780870031953

Pub. Date: 12/28/2002

Publisher: Brookings Institution Press

During the 1990s, international democracy promotion efforts led to the establishment of numerous regimes that cannot be easily classified as either authoritarian or democratic. They display characteristics of each, in short they are semi-authoritarian regimes. These regimes pose a considerable challenge to U.S. policymakers because the superficial stability of many

Overview

During the 1990s, international democracy promotion efforts led to the establishment of numerous regimes that cannot be easily classified as either authoritarian or democratic. They display characteristics of each, in short they are semi-authoritarian regimes. These regimes pose a considerable challenge to U.S. policymakers because the superficial stability of many semi-authoritarian regimes usually masks severe problems that need to be solved lest they lead to a future crisis. Additionally, these regimes call into question some of the ideas about democratic transitions that underpin the democracy promotion strategies of the United States and other Western countries. Despite their growing importance, semi-authoritarian regimes have not received systematic attention. Marina Ottaway examines five countries (Egypt, Azerbaijan, Venezuela, Croatia, and Senegal) which highlight the distinctive features of semi-authoritarianism and the special challenge each poses to policymakers. She explains why the dominant approach to democracy promotion isn't effective in these countries and concludes by suggesting alternative policies. Marina Ottaway is senior associate and codirector of the Democracy and Rule of Law Project at the Carnegie Endowment.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780870031953
Publisher:
Brookings Institution Press
Publication date:
12/28/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Forewordvi
Acknowledgmentsviii
The Challenges of Semi-Authoritarianism: An Introduction3
Part 1Varieties of Semi-Authoritarianism29
1Egypt: Institutionalized Semi-Authoritarianism31
2Azerbaijan: The Semi-Authoritarianism of Decay51
3Venezuela: Democratic Decay71
4Senegal: Democracy as "Alternance"91
5Croatia: Toward a Second Transition109
Part 2Why Semi-Authoritarianism?131
Introduction133
6Games Semi-Authoritarian Regimes Play137
7Beyond Games: Looking at Structural Obstacles161
Part 3Intervening in Semi-Authoritarian States191
Introduction193
8The Record So Far195
9Looking to the Future225
Notes255
Bibliography271
Index275
About the Author287
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace288

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