The Spirit of Democracy: The Struggle to Build Free Societies Throughout the World / Edition 1

The Spirit of Democracy: The Struggle to Build Free Societies Throughout the World / Edition 1

by Larry Diamond
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0805089136

ISBN-13: 9780805089134

Pub. Date: 02/03/2009

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

"Meticulous . . . [Diamond] gleaned that . . . the fate of democracy was not driven by events but by the passion of individual people."—The New York Times Book Review

In 1974, nearly three-quarters of all countries were dictatorships; today, more than half are democracies. Yet recent efforts to promote democracy have stumbled, and many

Overview

"Meticulous . . . [Diamond] gleaned that . . . the fate of democracy was not driven by events but by the passion of individual people."—The New York Times Book Review

In 1974, nearly three-quarters of all countries were dictatorships; today, more than half are democracies. Yet recent efforts to promote democracy have stumbled, and many democratic governments are faltering.

In this sweeping vision for advancing freedom around the world, renowned social scientist Larry Diamond examines how and why democracy progresses. He demonstrates that the desire for democracy runs deep, even in very poor countries, and that seemingly entrenched regimes like Iran and China could become democracies within a generation. He also dissects the causes of the "democratic recession" in critical states, including the crime-infested oligarchy in Russia and the strong-armed populism of Venezuela.

To spur a renewed democratic boom Diamond urges the United States to vigorously support good governance and free civic organizations. Only then will the spirit of democracy be secured.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805089134
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
02/03/2009
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
464
Sales rank:
891,279
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: At the Dawn of the Democratic Era

Part 1 A World Partally Transformed

1 The Universal Value 17

2 The Democratic Boom 39

3 The Democratic Recession 56

4 What Drives Democracy: The Indernal Factors 88

5 What Drives Democracy: The External Factors 106

6 What Drives Democracy: The Regional Influence 135

7 What Sustains Democracy 153

Part 2 The Prospects for Global Democracy

8 Latin America's Uneasy Progress 171

9 The Postcommunist Divide 190

10 The Asian Exception? 208

11 Africa, Overcoming Personal Rule 238

12 Can the Middle East Democratize?

Part 3 The Path to Democratic Renewal

13 Making Democracies Work 291

14 Promoting Democracy Effectively 314

15 Physician, Heal Thyself 345

Appendix 371

Notes 379

Acknowled|gements 429

Index 433

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