The challenges of theories on democracy : elaborations over new trends in transitology /
edited by Stein Ugelvik Larsen.
Boulder : Social Science Monographs ; New York : Distributed by Columbia University Press, 2000.
488 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
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Boulder : Social Science Monographs ; New York : Distributed by Columbia University Press, 2000.
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Following the unexpected demise of communism in Central and Eastern Europe, the end of apartheid in South Africa, and signs that democracy is finally taking root in Latin America, the study of the evolution of democracy has emerged as one of the most vital fields in comparative political science and political sociology. This book brings the collected wisdom of several world-renowned political scientists to bear on what is now termed "transitology" -- the study of changes from an authoritarian regime to a democratic government. European and American scholars analyze the advent of democratic norms -- in practice and in theory -- as well as the possible catalysts that threaten to destabilize fledgling and established democratic systems.
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On the general conditions for democracy
Neo-corporatism and the consolidation of Neo-democracy
Changing values and changing societies: The impact of mass belief systems on political change
East European exceptionalism as a challenge to democratization
Incommensurability? On the comparison of Eastern and Southern regime changes
Post-Communist Russia: Democratic transitions and transition theories
Integrative strategies for the study of regime change
The Polish Round Table: A game theory analysis
The East German transition games
Coalition games as stabilizing or destabilizing factors during the Great Depression
The Russian Transition: An Integrative Approach
Is there an optimal model for democracy?
Advanced totalitarianism: The most obvious contradiction to democracy?
Anticipations of the failure of communism
Challenges to democratic theory
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