Postcommunism and the Theory of Democracy

Postcommunism and the Theory of Democracy

by Richard D. Anderson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691089175

ISBN-13: 9780691089171

Pub. Date: 11/12/2001

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Why did the wave of democracy that swept the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe starting more than a decade ago develop in ways unexpected by observers who relied on existing theories of democracy? In Postcommunism and the Theory of Democracy, four distinguished scholars conduct the first major assessment of democratization theory in light of the

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Why did the wave of democracy that swept the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe starting more than a decade ago develop in ways unexpected by observers who relied on existing theories of democracy? In Postcommunism and the Theory of Democracy, four distinguished scholars conduct the first major assessment of democratization theory in light of the experience of postcommunist states. Richard Anderson, Steven Fish, Stephen Hanson, and Philip Roeder not only apply theory to practice, but using a wealth of empirical evidence, draw together the elements of existing theory into new syntheses.

The authors each highlight a development in postcommunist societies that reveals an anomaly or lacuna in existing theory. They explain why authoritarian leaders abandon authoritarianism, why democratization sometimes reverses course, how subjects become citizens by beginning to take sides in politics, how rulers become politicians by beginning to seek popular support, and not least, how democracy becomes consolidated. Rather than converging on a single approach, each author shows how either a rationalist, institutionalist, discursive, or Weberian approach sheds light on this transformation.

They conclude that the experience of postcommunist democracy demands a rethinking of existing theory. To that end, they offer rich new insights to scholars, advanced students, policymakers, and anyone interested in postcommunist states or in comparative democratization.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691089171
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
11/12/2001
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

CONTRIBUTORS vii

LIST OF TABLES AND FIGURES ix

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS xi

ONE: Introduction by George W. Breslauer 1

TWO: The Rejection of Authoritarianism by Philip G. Roeder 11

THREE: The Dynamics of Democratic Erosion by M. Steven Fish 54

FOUR: The Discursive Origins of Russian Democratic Politics by Richard D. Anderson, Jr. 96

FIVE: Defining Democratic Consolidation by Stephen E. Hanson 126

SIX: Conclusion: Postcommunism and the Theory of Democracy by Richard D. Anderson, Jr., M. Steven Fish, Stephen E. Hanson, and Philip G. Roeder, 152

NOTES 169

REFERENCES 175

INDEX 197

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