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Transitions to Democracy

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Are the factors that initiate democratization the same as those that maintain a democracy already established? The scholarly and policy debates over this question have never been more urgent. In 1970, Dankwart A. Rustow's clairvoyant article "Transitions to Democracy: Toward a Dynamic Model" questioned the conflation of the primary causes and sustaining conditions of democracy and democratization. Now this collection of essays by distinguished scholars responds to and extends Rustow's classic work, Transitions to...

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Overview

Are the factors that initiate democratization the same as those that maintain a democracy already established? The scholarly and policy debates over this question have never been more urgent. In 1970, Dankwart A. Rustow's clairvoyant article "Transitions to Democracy: Toward a Dynamic Model" questioned the conflation of the primary causes and sustaining conditions of democracy and democratization. Now this 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 journal Comparative Politics and contains three new articles written especially for this volume--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 Rustow's prescient article across the decades and reveal what the intervening years have taught us.

In light of the enormous opportunities of the post-Cold War world for the promotion of democratic government in parts of the world once thought hopelessly lost of authoritarian and totalitarian regimes, this timely collection constitutes and important contribution to the debates and efforts to promote the more open, responsive, and accountable government we associate with democracy.

Columbia University Press

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A collection of articles first published in April 1997 as a special issue of the journal , plus three additional chapters. Articles represent much of the current state of the literature on democratization in American political science, and respond to an article written in 1970 by Dankwart A. Rustow, "Transitions to Democracy: Toward a Dynamic Model." Topics include the political economy of democratic transitions, bureaucracy and democratic consolidation, and India's transition to democracy. The editor is professor of political science and dean of the school of international and public affairs at Columbia University. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231115919
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 9/15/1999
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 Transitions to Democracy: Toward a Dynamic Model 14
3 Constitutions, The Federalist Papers, and the Transition to Democracy 42
4 The Political Economy of Democratic Transitions 72
5 Adding Collective Actors to Collective Outcomes: Labor and Recent Democratization in South America and Southern Europe 97
6 Myths of Moderation: Confrontation and Conflict During Democratic Transitions 120
7 Bureaucracy and Democratic Consolidation: Lessons from Eastern Europe 141
8 The Paradoxes of Contemporary Democracy: Formal, Participatory, and Social Dimensions 168
9 Modes of Transition and Democratization: South America and Eastern Europe in Comparative Perspective 193
10 Explaining India's Transition to Democracy 217
11 Democratization in Africa after 1989: Comparative and Theoretical Perspectives 237
12 Fortuitous Byproducts 261
Bibliographical Essay: The Genealogy of Democratization 284
Bibliography 290
Index 305
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