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Transitions to Democracy
     

Transitions to Democracy

by Lisa Anderson
 

ISBN-10: 0231115903

ISBN-13: 9780231115902

Pub. Date: 09/22/1999

Publisher: Columbia University Press

Are the factors that keep a democracy stable the same as the ones that brought it about? How do we know? The scholarly and policy debates over this question have never been more urgent. Thirty years ago Dankart Rustow questioned the assumption that the same conditions that initiate democracy also sustain it. His essay became one of the most influential articles

Overview

Are the factors that keep a democracy stable the same as the ones that brought it about? How do we know? The scholarly and policy debates over this question have never been more urgent. Thirty years ago Dankart Rustow questioned the assumption that the same conditions that initiate democracy also sustain it. His essay became one of the most influential articles comparative politics. Now this new collection of essays by distinguished scholars responds to and extends Rustow's classic work. Transitions to Democracy - which originated as a special issue of the prominent journal Comparative Politics - represents much of the current state of the large and growing literature on democratization in American political science. The essays simultaneously illustrate the remarkable reach of Rostow's 1970 article across the decades and reveal what the intervening years have taught us.

Contributors to Transitions to Democracy:

Lisa Anderson

Dankwart A. Rustow

Irving Leonard Markovitz

Stephen Haggard and Robert Kaufman

Ruth Berins Collier and James Mahoney

Nancy Bermeo

Ezra Suleiman

Evelyne Huber, Dietrich Rueschmeyer, and John D. Stephens

Gerardo L. Munck and Carol Skalnik Leff

Sumit Ganguly

Richard Joseph

John Waterbury

This timely and accessible collection constitutes an important contribution to the continuing debate over democracy and democratization.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231115902
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
09/22/1999
Pages:
336
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

1. "Introduction: The Political Science of Democratic Transitions"; Lisa Anderson
2. Transitions to Democracy: Toward a Dynamic Model; Dankwart A. Rustow
3. Constitutions, The Federalist Papers, and the Transition to Democracy; Irving Leonard Markovitz
4. The Political Economy of Democratic Transitions; Stephan Haggard and Robert R. Kaufman
5. Adding Collective Actors to Collective Outcomes: Labor and Recent Democratization in South America and Southern Europe; Ruth Berins Collier and James Mahoney
6. Myths of Moderation: Confrontation and Conflict During Democratic Transitions; Nancy Bermeo
7. Bureaucracy and Democratic Consolidation: Lessons from Eastern Europe; Ezra Suleiman
8. The Paradoxes of Contemporary Democracy: Formal, Participatory, and Social Dimensions; Evelyne Huber, Dietrich Rueschemeyer, and John D. Stephens
9. Modes of Transition and Democratization: South America and Eastern Europe in Comparative Perspective; Gerardo L. Munck and Carol Skalnik Leff
10. "Explaining India's Transition to Democracy"; Sumit Ganguly
11. Democratization in Africa after 1989: Comparative and Theoretical Perspectives; Richard Joseph
12. Fortuitous Byproducts; John Waterbury

These specially commissioned rethinkings and responses to Rustow´s classic 1970 'dynamic model´ of transitions to democracy constitute a major contribution to the flourishing field of 'transitology´ (the study of democratic transitions). They enrich Rustow´s model with new cases, new actors, and new scenarios, making an essential volume for all students of the subject. (Andrew J. Nathan, ColumbiaUniversity)

Due to its themes addressed, assumptions challenged, and new regions integrated, this volume makes a major contribution to the democratization field. (Alfred Stepan, All Souls College, Oxford University)

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