Democratization: Theory and Experience

Paperback | July 1, 2002

byLaurence Whitehead

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Democratization has swept the globe over the past generation, and analysts and policy makers have been struggling to keep up. Bookshelves have been filled with case studies and assessments of this kaleidoscope of experiences, and a related scholarly community has developed seeking tosystematize all this material in accordance with well-defined schemas and causal models. But experience keeps wrong-footing the country analysts, so in this fresh interpretation the author goes back to foundational issues. He argues that democratization is best understood as a complex, long-term,dynamic, and open-ended process extending over generations. Standard models of causal explanation need to be supplemented by more interpretative approaches. Basic questions of citizen security, the nature of public accountability and the role of money as a source of political power needreconsideration. The delicate balance between monetary authority and democratic consent is also examined in the light of the financial crises that have afflicted so many new democracies. This book proposes a range of new perspectives on the complex linkages between democratization and stateformation, on the logic of paired comparisons and comparisons between large regions of the world and on the relationship between democratic ideals and 'really existing' democratic outcomes. It aims to equip those caught up in democratization and democracy promotion with a more realisticunderstanding of the tensions and turbulence involved.

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Democratization has swept the globe over the past generation, and analysts and policy makers have been struggling to keep up. Bookshelves have been filled with case studies and assessments of this kaleidoscope of experiences, and a related scholarly community has developed seeking tosystematize all this material in accordance with wel...

Laurence Whitehead is an Official Fellow, Nuffield College, University of Oxford.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:310 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.66 inPublished:July 1, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. On 'Democracy' and 'Democratization'2. The Drama of Democratic Transitions3. On Civil Society4. On Accountability and Institutional Design5. On Political Corruption6. On Monetary Authority7. On Citizen Security8. On Comparing Democratization Processes9. The Place of Chile in Comparative Democratisation Studies10. On Theory and Experience in Democratization Studies

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"Laurence Whitehead's book Democratization is an extraordinarily timely contribution to the literature.... This book is essential reading both for those newly interested in theoretical or empirical questions of democratization and also for those already involved in the debate, but who are still interested in a comprehensive discussion of various aspects of the democratization debate. The breadth of the theoretical discussion as well as of the empirical references makes this an extraordinarily interesting and important read and provides a welcome contribution to the literature on democratization."--The Latin Americanist