Theory and Experience
By (author) Laurence Whitehead
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Democratization by Laurence Whitehead
Book DescriptionDemocratization 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 to systematize 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 need reconsideration. 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 state formation, 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 realistic understanding of the tensions and turbulence involved.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780199253289
(233mm x 155mm x 16mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 4-Jul-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Shifting the Balance, Paperback (December 2010)
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Latin America, Paperback (February 2010)
The overwhelming impact of Europe followed by precocious independence produced an exceptional outward orientation, which has prompted successive waves of reform. This book explores the resulting patterns that can be observed in multiple domains, through the optic of a 'mausoleum of modernity.'
Obama Administration and the Americas, Paperback (March 2009)» View all books by Laurence Whitehead
The Obama administration inherits a daunting set of domestic and international policy challenges. It would be tempting to put Latin America and the Caribbean on the back burner, for their nations pose no imminent security threat nor do they seem at first blush critical to the most pressing problems of U.
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