Democracy in the Developing World: Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East / Edition 1

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Until the late 1980s, there were very few democratically elected governments in the developing world. These areas were characterized by a range of authoritarian regimes from military administrations to one-party dictatorships. Over the past decade, however, the situation has altered significantly and an increasing number of developing countries have made the transition to democracy. For some, this process of building and consolidating democracy has been relatively easy, while for others, it has proved more complex and harder to sustain.

In this important new textbook, Jeff Haynes seeks to explain why these differences occur. Adopting a broadly comparative approach, he begins by examining the theories and practice of democratic transition and consolidation in the new democracies of Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. Haynes argues persuasively that a country's ability to consolidate democracy depends not only on the interaction of structural and agency factors, but also on a variety of specific domestic and international concerns which may help or hinder democratic progress. Using a wide range of case studies to illustrate his argument, Haynes provides an accessible and comprehensive analysis of the processes and problems of democratic consolidation in developing nations.

This is an important textbook that will be invaluable to students in a variety of areas from politics and comparative politics to development studies and history.

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Editorial Reviews

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'The 'third wave' of democratisation of the last 25 years hasserved to universalise the concerns of political scientists aboutdemocracy and the conditions which sustain and consolidate it. JeffHaynes has written a comprehensive and highly readable introductionto these questions, drawing on a wide range of theoreticalapproaches and comparative studies. The book will be of great valueto lecturers and students alike working in this field.' AdrianLeftwich, University of York

"Democracy in the Developing World is impressive in thebreadth of its scope and the depth of its theoretical arguments andempirical analysis. The author offers a thoughtful and provocativetheory of democratic consolidation, testing it against a rich arrayof case studies drawn from the developing world. This book isessential reading for anyone interested in the comparative study ofthe developing world or the dynamics of democratization." MehranKamrava, California State University

"The text is methodically organised and Haynes' expression isuniformly clear." Asian Studies Review

"Haynes' book is very well structured and argued...he covers animpressive range of empirical material as well as theoreticalliterature." Lard Svasand, Democratization

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745621418
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 10/28/2001
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.94 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeff Haynes is Professor of Politics at London GuildhallUniversity.

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Table of Contents

1 The Third Wave of Democracy 1
2 Democratic Transitions and Structured Contingency 18
3 Explaining Democratic Consolidation 35
4 Latin America 51
5 East and South East Asia 80
6 South Asia 107
7 Africa 134
8 The Middle East 163
9 Conclusions 193
App The Freedom House Survey and Organization 209
Bibliography 219
Index 239
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