The Dynamics of Democratization: Dictatorship, Development, and Diffusion

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The explosive spread of democracy has radically transformed the international political landscape and captured the attention of academics, policy makers, and activists alike. With interest in democratization still growing, Nathan J. Brown and other leading political scientists assess the current state of the field, reflecting on the causes and diffusion of democracy over the past two decades.

The volume focuses on three issues very much at the heart of discussions about ...

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Overview

The explosive spread of democracy has radically transformed the international political landscape and captured the attention of academics, policy makers, and activists alike. With interest in democratization still growing, Nathan J. Brown and other leading political scientists assess the current state of the field, reflecting on the causes and diffusion of democracy over the past two decades.

The volume focuses on three issues very much at the heart of discussions about democracy today: dictatorship, development, and diffusion. The essays first explore the surprising but necessary relationship between democracy and authoritarianism; they next analyze the introduction of democracy in developing countries; last, they examine how international factors affect the democratization process.

In exploring these key issues, the contributors ask themselves three questions: What causes a democracy to emerge and succeed? Does democracy make things better? Can democracy be successfully promoted? In contemplating these questions, The Dynamics of Democratization offers a frank and critical assessment of the field for students and scholars of comparative politics and the political economy of development.

Contributors: Gregg A. Brazinsky, George Washington University; Nathan J. Brown, George Washington University; Kathleen Bruhn, University of California at Santa Barbara; Valerie J. Bunce, Cornell University; José Antonio Cheibub, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Bruce J. Dickson, George Washington University; M. Steven Fish, University of California at Berkeley; John Gerring, Boston University; Henry E. Hale, George Washington University; Susan D. Hyde, Yale University; Craig M. Kauffman, George Washington University; Staffan I. Lindberg, University of Florida; Sara Meerow, University of Amsterdam; James Raymond Vreeland, Georgetown University; Sharon L. Wolchik, George Washington University

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Foreign Affairs

This volume is an engaging survey of what is known and not known about the causes and consequences of democratization.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781421400082
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 5/26/2011
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Nathan J. Brown is a professor of political science and international affairs and director of the Institute for Middle East Studies at George Washington University. He is author of Palestinian Politics after the Oslo Accords: Resuming Arab Palestine.

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Table of Contents

Preface vii

Introduction Nathan J. Brown Craig M. Kauffman 1

Part I Democracy and Dictatorship

Introduction 17

1 Hybrid Regimes: When Democracy and Autocracy Mix Henry E. Hale 23

2 Dictatorship and Democracy through the Prism of Arab Elections Nathan J. Brown 46

3 The Unexpected Resilience of Latin American Democracy Kathleen Bruhn 64

4 Sustaining Party Rule in China: Coercion, Co-optation, and Their Consequences Bruce J. Dickson 93

5 Fighting Reversion: Strong Legislatures as the Key to Bolstering Democracy M. Steven Fish 118

Part II Democracy and Development

Introduction 141

6 Economic Development and Democratization José Antonio Cheibub James Raymond Vreeland 145

7 Persistent Authoritarianism and the Future of Democracy in Africa Staffan I. Lindberg Sara Meerow 183

8 Democracy and Development: Legacy Effects John Gerring 212

Part III Does Democracy Diffuse?

Introduction 239

9 Policy Makers, Intellectuals, and Democracy Promotion in Twentieth-Century American Foreign Policy Gregg A. Brazinsky 245

10 International Dimensions of Elections Susan D. Hyde 266

11 International Diffusion and Democratic Change Valerie J. Bunce Sharon L. Wolchik 283

Conclusion Nathan J. Brown Craig M. Kauffman 311

List of Contributors 317

Index 321

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