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Debates on Democratization (Journal of Democracy Books)

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For more than twenty years, the Journal of Democracy has been a leading voice in the conversation between scholars and practitioners about government by consent and its place in the contemporary world.

If democracy means anything, it means robust debates. Over the years, the pages of the Journal have certainly seen their share of lively and illuminating scholarly disagreements. As a service to students and teachers who wish to deepen their understanding of the questions and controversies that surround contemporary democratization, the Journal has now brought together a series of exchanges on the topic.

Debates on Democratization explores the issues of democratic consolidation, the reality of the transition paradigm, the advisability of attempting to sequence elections and other liberal-democratic reforms, the nature and prospects of the color revolutions in the former Eastern Bloc, and the relative merits of presidentialism and its alternatives from the point of view of democratic governance and stability.

The volume is filled with insightful, thought-provoking arguments by leading thinkers in the field. Graduate and undergraduate students alike will find it a useful guide to key issues facing emerging democracies today.

Book News Annotation:

This volume collects debates--essays, rejoinders, and replies--from the pages of Journal of Democracy. The papers are organized into five sections concerned with theories of democratic transition, consolidation, and democratic sequentialism (the notion that certain conditions in the state should be established prior to formal democratization). Debates also center around the narrower topics of democratic transitions (and the lack thereof) in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Bloc ("the color revolutions"), and problems with presidentialism. The volume's scholarly exchange arrangement was selected in part for its pedagogical utility and should be of interest to students. Costopoulos is executive director of the Journal of Democracy and Plattner and Diamond are coeditors of the Journal of Democracy. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN:
9780801897771
Author:
Diamond, Larry
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Editor:
Costopoulos, Philip J.
Editor:
Plattner, Marc F.
Subject:
Government - Comparative
Subject:
Politics - General
Series:
Journal of Democracy Book
Publication Date:
20100931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
344
Dimensions:
8.90x5.90x.90 in. 1.01 lbs.

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Politics » General
History and Social Science » Politics » International Studies
History and Social Science » Politics » Political Science

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