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The International Politics of Democratization
Comparative perspectives

ISBN 9780415453035
Published August 18, 2008 by Routledge
240 Pages

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Book Description

This book examines the international dimensions of democratization processes, showing the degree to which international actors, ranging from states to non-governmental players, have an influence on what were once thought of as exclusively domestic processes of political change.

The contributors to the volume look at changes in foreign policy resulting from transitions to democracy in a number of countries and regions. Some of the areas covered include:

  • Portugal and Spain in Europe in the 1970s
  • Brazil and Argentina in Latin America from the early 1980s
  • Eastern and Central Europe in the 1990s
  • Various countries in the Arab World

The chapters adopt a theoretical and empirical perspective: while the two introductory chapters of the book place a special emphasis on interpretation and quantitative analysis of regime change and the role of international actors in such processes, the remaining chapters examines specific case studies.

The International Politics of Democratization will be of interest to students and researchers of International Relations, Politics and Democracy.

Table of Contents

Introduction  1. Connecting Democracy Promotion and Protection with the Theory and Evaluating its Impact on the Practice of Democratization  2. The International Politics of Democratization from Portugal: A Reassessment (1974) to Iraq (2003)  3. International Factors in Democratization, their Scope and Limitations: European Comparative Perspectives on the Post-Cold War World  4. The International Dimension of Democratization: The Spanish Transition  5. Continuity and Change: The Foreign Policy of Portuguese Democracy  6. Re-Defining Eastern Europe: Democratization in Central and South-Eastern Europe  7. The International Dimensions of Democratization: The Case of Argentina  8. International Dimensions of Democratization: Brazil  9. External Dimensions of Democratization: The Case of the Middle East  10. Democracy and the Muslim World.  Conclusions

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Nuno Severiano Teixeira is currently Minister of National Defence of the Portuguese Government, he is also Professor of International Relations at the New University of Lisbon, Portugal.