The Global Resurgence of Democracy / Edition 2

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In its first edition, The Global Resurgence of Democracy brought together essays on democratization written from 1989 to 1991 by internationally prominent scholars, intellectuals, and political leaders. This thoroughly revised and updated second edition extends that work with a wealth of fresh material on a wide range of conceptual, historical, institutional, and policy issues.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Foreign Affairs

This is an anthology of articles from The Journal of Democracy, a quarterly sponsored by the quasi-official National Endowment for Democracy. For those unfamiliar with it, the Journal of Democracy since its founding four years ago has published some of the best contemporary writing on the subject of modern liberal democracy.

Political Studies

A useful compilation popularizing the work of an influential journal... The Journal of Democracy is an effective tribune for mainstream U.S. thinking on these issues.

Selected essays originally published in the Journal of Democracy, a quarterly publication launched in January 1990. With some exceptions, the 29 contributions are from political scientists and are grouped into sections on the democratic moment, problems of democratic institutionalization, political corruption, and the global prospect. Includes a detailed introduction. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801853050
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/1996
  • Series: A Journal of Democracy Book Series
  • Edition description: second edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 428
  • Product dimensions: 6.05 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Larry Diamond, senior fellow at the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace, and Marc F. Plattner, counselor at the National Endowment for Democracy, are co-directors of the International Forum for Democratic Studies.

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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
1 Democracy's Third Wave 3
The New World Disorder 26
3 The Democratic Moment 36
4 What Democracy Is ... and Is Not 49
5 Rethinking African Democracy 63
6 Dangers and Dilemmas of Democracy 76
7 Delegative Democracy 94
8 Three Paradoxes of Democracy 111
9 The Perils of Presidentialism 124
10 Comparing Democratic Systems 143
11 The Centrality of Political Culture 150
12 The Virtues of Parliamentarism 154
13 Constitutional Choices for New Democracies 162
14 The Problem with PR 175
15 PR and Democratic Statecraft 181
16 Double-Checking the Evidence 187
17 The Primacy of the Particular 194
18 New Institutions in the Old East Bloc 207
19 Toward Democratic Consolidation 227
20 Civil Society Then and Now 241
21 Postcommunism and the Problem of Trust 251
22 Russia's Fourth Transition 264
23 Pluralism in the Arab World 276
24 Bowling Alone: America's Declining Social Capital 290
25 The Tide Underneath the Third Wave 307
26 The Primacy of Culture 320
27 More Liberal, Preliberal, or Postliberal? 328
28 Do Economists Know Best? 336
29 The Asian Spectrum 342
30 Between Africa's Extremes 350
31 Where East Meets West 358
32 The Post-Totalitarian Blues 365
Index 379
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