Democratization: Theory and Experience / Edition 1

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Overview

Democratization has swept the globe over the past generation, and analysts and policy makers have been struggling to keep up. Bookshelves have been filled with case studies and assessments of this kaleidoscope of experiences, and a related scholarly community has developed seeking to systematize all this material in accordance with well-defined schemas and causal models. But experience keeps wrong-rooting the country analysts, so in this fresh interpretation the author goes back to foundational issues. He argues that democratization is best understood as a complex, long-term, dynamic, and open-ended process extending over generations. Standard models of causal explanation need to be supplemented by more interpretative approaches. Basic questions of citizen security, the nature of public accountability and the role of money as a source of political power need reconsideration. The delicate balance between monetary authority and democratic consent is also examined in the light of the financial crises that have afflicted so many new democracies. This book proposes a range of new perspectives on the complex linkages between democratization and state formation, on the logic of paired comparisons and comparisons between large regions of the world, and on the relationship between democratic ideals and 'really existing' democratic outcomes. It aims to equip those caught up in democratization and democracy promotion with a more realistic understanding of the tensions and turbulence involved.
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"Laurence Whitehead's book Democratization is an extraordinarily timely contribution to the literature.... This book is essential reading both for those newly interested in theoretical or empirical questions of democratization and also for those already involved in the debate, but who are still interested in a comprehensive discussion of various aspects of the democratization debate. The breadth of the theoretical discussion as well as of the empirical references makes this an extraordinarily interesting and important read and provides a welcome contribution to the literature on democratization."—The Latin Americanist
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199253289
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 11/21/2002
  • Series: Oxford Studies in Democratization Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
1. On 'Democracy' and 'Democratization'
2. The Drama of Democratic Transitions
3. On Civil Society
4. On Accountability and Institutional Design
5. On Political Corruption
6. On Monetary Authority
7. On Citizen Security
8. On Comparing Democratization Processes
9. The Place of Chile in Comparative Democratisation Studies
10. On Theory and Experience in Democratization Studies

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