The Social Construction of Democracy / Edition 1

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The recent revival of democracy across much of the globe, and the fragility of many of the new regimes, has inspired renewed interest in the origins of dictatorship and democracy in modern times. Assembling renowned specialists on Eastern and Western Europe, the U.S., Latin America and Japan, The Social Construction of Democracy explores the reasons for the success and failure of democracies over the past 100 years. With its sharp portraits of nations on four continents, George Reid Andrews and Herrick Chapman shed light on the historical process by which state institutions and social movements interact to create political systems based on the principle of popular sovereignty.

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Essays from a May 1992 conference explore factors involved in the success and failure of democracies over the past 100 years. They chart the evolution of political participation from the late 19th century to the present, and analyze the historical process by which state institutions and social movements interact to create political systems based on popular sovereignty. Topics include Japan's first experiment with democracy, the American civil rights movement, and revolution in Eastern Europe. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814715062
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 456
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.24 (d)

Meet the Author

George Reid Andrews is Professor of History and UCIS Research Professor of International Studies at the University of Pittsburgh.

Herrick Chapman is Associate Professor of History and of French Civilization at New York University.

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Table of Contents

Notes on the Contributors
The Social Construction of Democracy, 1870-1990: An Introduction 1
1 The Origins of the Third Republic in France, 1860-1885 31
2 Uncertain Legitimacy: The Social and Political Restraints Underlying the Emergence of Democracy in Argentina, 1890-1930 56
3 Japan's First Experiment with Democracy, 1868-1940 71
4 The Social Construction of Democracy in Germany, 1871-1933 90
5 The Two Souls of American Democracy 118
6 From Bureaucratic Imperium to Guardian Democracy: The Shifting Social Bases of Japanese Political Power, 1930-1960 135
7 Uncommon Democracy in Mexico: Middle Classes and the Military in the Consolidation of One-Party Rule, 1936-1946 161
8 Race, Equity, and Democracy: African Americans and the Struggle over Civil Rights 193
9 Black Political Mobilization in Brazil, 1975-1990 218
10 Modes of Opposition Leading to Revolution in Eastern Europe 241
11 The Welfare State and Democratic Practice in the United States since the Second World War 267
12 French Democracy and the Welfare State 291
13 Industrialists, the State, and the Limits of Democratization in Brazil, 1930-1964 315
14 Constituting Political Bodies in the Adenauer Era 340
15 Democracy is a Lake 365
Index 388
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