Uncertain Outcome: The Politics of the Portuguese Transition to Democracy

Uncertain Outcome: The Politics of the Portuguese Transition to Democracy

by Paul Christopher Manuel
     
 

After two years of political and economic chaos, democracy emerged in Portugal. This book examines the fascinating period from 1974-1976 when the Portuguese transition to democracy was far from a simple question of volunteeristic engineering. The author emphasizes that it involved a complex dynamic of interests, strategies, fears, wants, and goals among the

Overview

After two years of political and economic chaos, democracy emerged in Portugal. This book examines the fascinating period from 1974-1976 when the Portuguese transition to democracy was far from a simple question of volunteeristic engineering. The author emphasizes that it involved a complex dynamic of interests, strategies, fears, wants, and goals among the multitude of players. The analytical focus on political factors in this book helps to reveal these crucial factors in a process that resulted in this successful emergence of democracy. Contents: Rethinking the Portuguese Transition to Democracy: Theoretical Issues; Origins of the 25 April Coup d'Ètat; The Transition's First Phase: Military Rank Versus Revolutionary Legitimacy (25 April 1974 to 30 September 1974); The Transition's Second Phase: Ideological Cleavages in the MFA (30 September 1974 to 12 March 1975); The Transition's Third Phase: Opening to Civil Society (12 March 1975 to 8 September 1975); The Transition's Fourth Phase: Battle Over Control of the Armed Forces (9 September 1975 to 23 July 1976); Uncertain Outcome: Summary and Conclusion; Appendix: Interview and Newspaper Sources; Bibliography; Index.

Editorial Reviews

Political Studies Review
Carefully researched and well argued. A good text for students and a good read for specialists. The style is clear and economical...very recommendable as a student text, especially for those with no previous knowledge of Portuguese affairs.
— Nancy Bermeo, Princeton University
Political Studies Review - Nancy Bermeo
Carefully researched and well argued. A good text for students and a good read for specialists. The style is clear and economical...very recommendable as a student text, especially for those with no previous knowledge of Portuguese affairs.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780819196514
Publisher:
UPA
Publication date:
01/10/1995
Pages:
214
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Paul Christopher Manuel is professor of political science at Mount Saint Mary’s University. Previously, he was chair and professor of politics at Saint Anselm College.

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