Stalled Democracy: Capital, Labor, And The Paradox Of State-sponsored Development by Eva BellinStalled Democracy: Capital, Labor, And The Paradox Of State-sponsored Development by Eva Bellin

Stalled Democracy: Capital, Labor, And The Paradox Of State-sponsored Development

byEva Bellin

Paperback | August 1, 2011

Pricing and Purchase Info


Earn 218 plum® points

Prices and offers may vary in store


In stock online

Ships free on orders over $25

Not available in stores


In this ambitious book, Eva Bellin examines the dynamics of democratization in late-developing countries where the process has stalled. Bellin focuses on the pivotal role of social forces and particularly the reluctance of capital and labor to champion democratic transition, contrary to the expectations of political economists versed in earlier transitions. Bellin argues that the special conditions of late development, most notably the political paradoxes created by state sponsorship, fatally limit class commitment to democracy. In many developing countries, she contends, those who are empowered by capitalist industrialization become the allies of authoritarianism rather than the agents of democratic reform.

Bellin generates her propositions from close study of a singular case of stalled democracy: Tunisia. Capital and labor's complicity in authoritarian relapse in that country poses a puzzle. The author's explanation of that case is made more general through comparison with the cases of other countries, including Mexico, Indonesia, South Korea, Turkey, and Egypt. Stalled Democracy also explores the transformative capacity of state-sponsored industrialization. By drawing on a range of real-world examples, Bellin illustrates the ability of developing countries to reconfigure state-society relations, redistribute power more evenly in society, and erode the peremptory power of the authoritarian state, even where democracy is stalled.

Eva Bellin is Myra and Robert Kraft Professor of Arab Politics in the Department of Politics and the Crown Center for Middle East Studies, Brandeis University.
Title:Stalled Democracy: Capital, Labor, And The Paradox Of State-sponsored DevelopmentFormat:PaperbackDimensions:252 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.27 inPublished:August 1, 2011Publisher:CORNELL UNIVERSITY PRESSLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:080147745X

ISBN - 13:9780801477454

Look for similar items by category:


Table of Contents


1. Genesis of the Private Sector in Tunisia: The Logic of State Sponsorship

2. The Developmental Paradox: Capital's Emergent Power and Autonomy

3. A Checkered Alliance: State Sponsorship of Labor

4. Influence under Constraint: The Trajectory of Labor's Power and Autonomy

5. Capital and Labor: Agents of Democratization?

6. Stalled Democracy in Comparative Perspective

Appendix 1: Comparative Wage Rates in Forty-one Countries, 1990

Appendix 2: Number of Strikes in Tunisia, 1970–1994

Appendix 3: Organizational Structure of the Union Générale de Travailleurs Tunisiens

Appendix 4: Membership Numbers in the Union Générale de Travailleurs Tunisiens


Editorial Reviews

"Those who wish to encourage democracy in places like Saudi Arabia and Syria had better read Bellin to understand some of the conditions under which the relevant social forces may promote such development."—Clement M. Henry, The University of Texas at Austin