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2nd Edition

Waves of Democracy
Social Movements and Political Change, Second Edition

ISBN 9781612052939
Published June 30, 2015 by Routledge
223 Pages

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Book Description

The second edition of this classic text covers contemporary democracy movements including the Arab Spring and its aftermath, Occupy, and new nations as well as old issues from the Balkans to Africa, from Latin America to Ukraine. The author has traveled widely around the world to take the pulse of transition and to profile journeys toward democracy and journeys away from democracy, too. At the same time, the book addresses important challenges that have emerged in even well-established democracies. These show up in declining voting rates, diminished membership in political parties, and, in some countries including the United States, negative views of central democratic institutions (like the US Congress).

Table of Contents

1 A Quick History of Modern Democracy
2 States, Social Movement Challengers, and Elite Reformers
3 Eighteenth-Century Revolution, Nineteenth-Century Eddies
4 Twentieth-Century Pendulum Swings
5 Semidemocracy, Pseudodemocracy, Democracy
6 Beyond the Great Democratic Wave
7 Into the Twenty-First Century: New Challenges, New Opportunities

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John Markoff is Professor of Sociology and History at the University of Pittsburgh.


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