Forging Democracy from Below: Insurgent Transitions in South Africa and El Salvador / Edition 1

Forging Democracy from Below: Insurgent Transitions in South Africa and El Salvador / Edition 1

by Elisabeth Jean Wood
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521788870

ISBN-13: 9780521788878

Pub. Date: 10/28/2000

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The recent replacement of authoritarian rule by democracy in both South Africa and El Salvador poses a puzzle: why did the powerful, anti-democratic elites of these countries abandon death squads, apartheid, and the other tools of political repression and take a chance on democracy?

Forging Democracy From Below shows how popular mobilization—in El Salvador

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Overview

The recent replacement of authoritarian rule by democracy in both South Africa and El Salvador poses a puzzle: why did the powerful, anti-democratic elites of these countries abandon death squads, apartheid, and the other tools of political repression and take a chance on democracy?

Forging Democracy From Below shows how popular mobilization—in El Salvador an effective guerilla army supported by peasant collaboration and in South Africa a powerful alliance of labor unions and poor urban dwellers—forced the elite to the bargaining table, and why a durable settlement and democratic government were the result.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521788878
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
10/28/2000
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
274
Sales rank:
655,328
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. From civil war to democracy: improbable transitions in oligarchic societies; Part I. El Salvador's Path to Democracy: 2. From conservative modernization to civil war; 3. The structural foundation of a pact: the transformation of elite interests; 4. Negotiating a democratic transition to end civil war; Part II. From Racial Oligarchy to Pluralist Democracy in South Africa: 5. Apartheid, conservative modernization, and resistance; 6. The challenge to elite economic interests; 7. From recalcitrance to compromise; Conclusion; 8. The insurgent path to democracy in oligarchic societies; Epilogue: the legacy of democracy forged from below.

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