1st Edition

Democracy and Democratization in Comparative Perspective
Conceptions, Conjunctures, Causes, and Consequences

ISBN 9780415633505
Published October 26, 2012 by Routledge
270 Pages 14 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book provides an introduction to democratic theory and empirical research on democracy and democratization. The book first examines conceptions of democracy from the origins in ancient Greece to the present day, then tracks when and where modern democracy has developed. On this basis, the book reviews the major debates and schools of thought dealing with domestic and international causes and consequences of democratization. Based on a systematic distinction between minimalist and maximalist definitions of democracy, the book provides a comprehensive and critical assessment of existing theories. Furthermore, using a comparative, historical perspective, it not only sketches the development in the conceptions of democracy and the corresponding empirical reality but also discusses whether causal relationships differ across periods. Finally, the book documents the way in which all of this has been reflected by the development within the literature. In doing so, the book offers a coherent framework, which students and scholars can use to grasp the literature on democracy and democratization as a whole.

Democracy and Democratization in Comparative Perspective will be of interest to students of political science, democracy and democratization, comparative politics, political theory, and international relations.

Table of Contents

Introduction: We are all Democrats Now  Part I: Democracy: What is it?  1. Conceptions of Democracy through the Ages  2. Defining democracy  Part II: Democracy: Where and When?  3. The Second Coming of Democracy 4. The Three Waves of Democratization  Ch. 5: Democratization in Different Regions of the World Today  Part III: Democracy: How and Why?  6. Modernization Theory 7. The Social Forces Tradition  8. Transitology  9. The International Dimension  10. Combining the Competing Perspectives  Part IV: Democracy: Consequences  11. International Consequences of Democracy  12. Domestic Consequences of Democracy

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Jørgen Møller is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Aarhus University, Denmark.

Svend-Erik Skaaning is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Aarhus University, Denmark.


"[This] book is an excellent reference for any student of democracy and democratisation since it is essentially a well-researched and well-written review and aggregation of the most significant literature on the subject..it should be included in the curriculum of any graduate course on democracy and democratisation."-Nelli Babayan, Freie Universität Berlin