This book evaluates the global status and prospects of democracy, with an emphasis on the quality of democratic institutions and the effectiveness of governance as key conditions for stable democracy.
Bringing together a wide range of the author's work over the past three decades, it advances a framework for assessing the quality of democracy and it analyzes alternative measures of democracy. Drawing on the most recent data from Freedom House, it assesses the global state of democracy and freedom, as of the beginning of 2015, and it explains why the world has been experiencing a mild but now deepening recession of democracy and freedom since
A major theme of the book across the three decades of the author's work is the relationship between democratic quality and stability. Democracies break down, Diamond argues, not so much because of economic factors but because of corrupt, inept governance that violates individual rights and the rule of law. The best way to secure democracy is to ensure that democracy is accountable, transparent, genuinely competitive, respectful of individual rights, inclusive of diverse forms and sources of participation, and responsive to the needs and aspirations of ordinary citizens. Viable democracy requires not only a state that can mobilize power to achieve collective goals, but also one that can restrain and punish the abuse of power-a particularly steep challenge for poor countries and those with natural resource wealth.
The book examines these themes both in broad comparative perspective and with a deeper analysis of historical trends and future prospects in Africa and Asia,. Concluding with lessons for sustaining and reforming policies to promote democracy internationally, this book is essential reading for students and scholars interested in democracy, as well as politics and international relations more generally.
|Publisher:||Taylor & Francis|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
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About the Author
Larry Diamond is senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and at Stanford University’s Freeman Spogli Institute, where he directs the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law. He is founding co-editor of the Journal of Democracy and author of The Spirit of Democracy.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: In Search of Democracy Part 1: The Dynamics and Foundations of Democracy 2. The Surge and Recession of the Third Wave of Democracy 3. Is Pakistan the Reverse Wave of the Future? 4. Economic Development and Democracy Reconsidered 5. Rethinking Civil Society: Toward Democratic Consolidation 6. The Quality of Democracy: An Overview Part 2: In Search of Democracy in Africa 7. Class Formation in the Swollen African State 8. Class, Ethnicity and the Democratic State 9. Cleavage, Conflict and Anxiety in the Second Nigerian Republic 10. Issues in the Constitutional Design of a Third Nigerian Republic 11. Progress and Retreat in Africa Part 3: Other Cases 12. Why China’s Democratic Transition Will Differ From Taiwan’s 13. Rule of Law as Transition to Democracy in China 14. Indonesia’s Place in Global Democracy 15. Prospects for Democratization in Hong Kong 16. What Went Wrong and Right in Iraq Part 4: Promoting Democracy: Policy Implications 17. Empowering the Poor: What Does Democracy Have to Do with It? 18. Promoting Real Reform in Africa 19. A Transatlantic Strategy to Promote Democratic Development in the Broader Middle 20. Promoting Democracy in Post-Conflict and Failed States 21. Supporting Democracy: Refashioning U.S. Global Strategy