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How does an established democracy deal with threats to its stability and continued existence when those threats come from legitimate political parties within the system? In Defending Democracy, political scientist Giovanni Capoccia studies key European nations between World Wars I and II which survived such democratic crises. He offers case studies of Czechoslovakia, Belgium, and Finland as success stories, as well as analyzes the two most well-known cases of European democratic breakdown-Germany and Italty. Capoccia alerts the reader to the need for continuing research on defending democracy and points out the rise of terrorism and the persistence of extremism among political parties not only in stable democracies but also the new democracies of the Soviet Union.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780801887550
ISBN-10: 0801887550
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 19mm)
Pages: 348
Imprint: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publish Date: 16-Oct-2007
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Giovanni Capoccia

Giovanni Capoccia is a professor of comparative politics at the University of Oxford.