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Transitions to democracy : a comparative perspective

Author: Kathryn Stoner; Michael McFaul
Publisher: Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, ©2013.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
"As demonstrated by current events in Tunisia and Egypt, oppressive regimes are rarely immune to their citizens' desire for democratic government. Of course, desire is always tempered by reality; therefore how democratic demands are made manifest is a critical source of study for both political scientists and foreign policy makers. What issues and consequences surround the fall of a government, what type of regime  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Case studies
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kathryn Stoner; Michael McFaul
ISBN: 9781421408132 9781421408149 1421408139 1421408147
OCLC Number: 798498927
Description: 446 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Transitional successes and failures : the international-domestic nexus / Kathryn Stoner [and others] --
The Soviet Union and Russia : the collapse of 1991 and the initial transition to democracy in 1993 / Kathryn Stoner with Michael McFaul --
Poland : international pressure for a negotiated transition, 1981-1989 / Gregory F. Domber --
Serbia : evaluating the Bulldozer Revolution / Ray Salvatore Jennings --
Ukraine : external actors and the Orange Revolution / Michael McFaul and Richard Youngs --
Indonesia : economic crisis, foreign pressure, and regime change / Edward Aspinall and Marcus Mietzner --
South Africa : enabling Liberation / Timothy D. Sisk --
Chile : coordinating a successful democratic transition / David Altman, with Rafael Piñeiro and Sergio Toro --
Ghana : democratic transition, presidential power, and the World Bank / Antoinette Handley --
Mexico : international influences but "made in Mexico" / Alberto Diaz-Cayeros and Beatriz Magaloni --
South Korea : the puzzle of two transitions / A. David Adesnik and Sunhyuk Kim --
Turkey : the counterintuitive transition of 1983 / Senem Aydin-Düzgit and Yaprak Gürsoy --
Algeria : an aborted transition / Kristina Kausch and Richard Youngs --
Iran : the genealogy of a failed transition / Abbas Milani --
China : the doomed transitional moment of 1989 / Minxin Pei --
Azerbaijian : losing the transitional moment / Valerie J. Bunce and Sharon L. Wolchik.
Responsibility: edited by Kathryn Stoner and Michael McFaul.


Extensive primary research and a rubric that can be applied to burgeoning democracies offer readers valuable tools and information.  Read more...
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