Forging Democracy from Below
Insurgent Transitions in South Africa and El Salvador
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Forging Democracy from Below by Elisabeth Jean Wood
Book DescriptionThe recent replacement of authoritarian rule by democracy in both South Africa and El Salvador poses a puzzle: why did the powerful and fervently anti-democratic elites of these countries abandon death squads, apartheid, and the other tools of political repression and take a chance on democracy? Forging Democracy from Below, first published in 2000, shows how popular mobilization - in El Salvador an effective guerilla army supported by peasant collaboration and in South Africa a powerful alliance of labor unions and poor urban dwellers - eventually forced the elite to the bargaining table, and why both a durable settlement and democratic government were the result. Using interviews with both insurgent and elite actors as well as statistical analysis of macroeconomic developments, Elisabeth Wood documents an 'insurgent path to democracy' and challenges the view that democracy is the result of compromise among elite factions or the modernizing influence of economic development.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521783231
(228mm x 152mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 6-Nov-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Elisabeth Jean Wood
Political Representation, Hardback (January 2010)
Draws from political science, history, political theory, economics, and anthropology to answer the most important questions about political representation.
Insurgent Collective Action and Civil War in El Salvador, Paperback (August 2003)
Wood's model places emotions and morals at the heart of collective action.
Forging Democracy from Below, Paperback (October 2000)» View all books by Elisabeth Jean Wood
This book, first published in 2000, analyzes the role of economically marginalized people in recent transitions to democratic rule.
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