The Political Economy of Democratic Transitions / Edition 1

The Political Economy of Democratic Transitions / Edition 1

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The Political Economy of Democratic Transitions / Edition 1

In the last two decades, there has been a widespread movement from authoritarian to democratic rule among developing countries, often occurring against a backdrop of severe economic crises and the adoption of market-oriented reforms. The coincidence of these events raises long-standing questions about the relationship between economic and political change. In this book, Stephan Haggard and Robert Kaufman explore this relationship, addressing a variety of questions: What role have economic crises played in the current wave of political liberalization and democratization? Can new democracies manage the daunting political challenges posed by economic reform? Under what economic and institutional conditions is democracy most likely to be consolidated? Drawing on contemporary political economy and the experiences of twelve Latin American and Asian countries, they develop a new approach to understanding democratic transitions.

Haggard and Kaufman first analyze the relationship between economic crisis and authoritarian withdrawal and then examine how the economic and institutional legacies of authoritarian rule affect the capacity of new democratic governments to initiate and sustain economic policy reform. Finally, the authors analyze the consolidation of political and economic reform over the long run. Throughout, they emphasize the relationship between economic conditions, the interests and power of contending social groups, and the mediating role of representative institutions, particularly political parties.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780691027753
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 08/21/1995
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 360
Product dimensions: 6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.01(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables

Preface and Acknowledgments

Introduction: The Political Economy of Democratic Transitions 3

Ch. 1 The Political Economy of Authoritarian Withdrawals 25

Ch. 2 Economic Crisis and Authoritarian Withdrawal 45

Ch. 3 Surviving Crises, Withdrawing in Good Times 75

Ch. 4 Comparing Authoritarian Withdrawals 109

Ch. 5 Democratic Transitions and Economic Reform 151

Ch. 6 New Democracies and Economic Crisis 183

Ch. 7 Economic Management in Non-crisis Democracies 228

Ch. 8 Economic and Political Reform in Dominant-Party Systems: Mexico and Taiwan 267

Ch. 9 Economic Reform and Democratic Consolidation 309

Ch. 10 Institutions, Democratic Consolidation, and Sustainable Growth 335

Conclusion: Comparing Democratic Transitions 365

Index 381

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