The Making and Unmaking of Democracy: Lessons from History and World Politics / Edition 1

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For every citizen of the world, there is no more urgent issue than the spread of democracy. Democracy is what the WTO-protestors are calling for; it's the main concern of human rights advocates; and it's only long-term way to end terrorism. But how does democracy spread? What can be done to encourage and support. This text brings together a number of eminent authorities on democracy to take on the most widely debated topic in international relations: the promotion of democracy. Spanning political thought from ancient Athens to contemporary Sub-Saharan Africa, this remarkable collection explores the conditions that promote, sustain and undermine democratic institutions and ideas. Expansive and provocative for any student of democracy, The Making and Unmaking of Democracy is a volume to learn from, argue against, or expand upon.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415933810
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/15/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 392
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

Theodore K. Rabb is Professor of History at Princeton University. He is the founder and coeditor of The Journal of Inter-Disciplinary History He the author or editor of more than a dozen books and contributes book reviews to the TLS, The New York Review of Books, Commentary, The New York Times, and The Washington Post. He is the founder and coeditor of The Journal of Inter-Disciplinary History and has served as an advisor for numerous PBS documentaries. Ezra N. Suleiman is IBM Professor in International Studies and Professor of Politics at Princeton University, where he also directs the Committee for European Studies. He serves on the editorial committee of Comparative Politics, and is the author of twelve books.

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Table of Contents

Introduction - Theodore K. Rabb and Ezra N. Suleiman

Pre-Modern Europe
1. Conditions for Athenian Democracy - Josiah Ober
2. Republic and Democracy: On Early Modern Origins of Democratic Theory - Maurizio Viroli
3. Institutions and Ideas: Planting the Roots of Democracy in Early Modern Europe - Theodore K. Rabb
4. A Response to Ober, Viroli and Rabb - George Kateb

Modern Europe
5. Hope, Disappointment, and Self-Restraint: Reflections on the Democratic Experiment - Anne Sa'adah
6. Democracy in Spain: Two Paradigms - Edward Malefakis
7. Potemkin Democracy - Stephen Holmes
8. Dilemmas of Democracy in the European Union - Ezra Suleiman

Asia, Africa, and the Middle East
9. Recasting the Primacy of Politics in Israeli Democracy - Asher Arian
10. Prospects for Democracy in Tropical Africa- Robert L. Tignoe
11. The Nature of South African Democracy: Political Dominance and Economic Inequality - Jeffrey Herbst
12. Democracy in Turkey - Bernard Lewis
13. East Asian Demographic Transitions - Kent E. Calder
14. A Response to Arian Tignor, Herbst, Lewis and Calder

Latin America
15. Capitalism and Democracy in South America - Jeremy Adelman
16. Democratic Pathways: Crossroads, Detours, Dead Ends in Central America - Deborah J. Yashar

United States 17. The Possibilities for Democracy in America - Jennifer L. Hochschild 18. Race, Ethnicity, and American Democracy: An (Unguarded) Optimistic View - Sean Wilentz
19. Conclusion

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