When Democracies Collapse: Assessing Transitions to Non-Democratic Regimes in the Contemporary World, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

When Democracies Collapse

Assessing Transitions to Non-Democratic Regimes in the Contemporary World, 1st Edition

By Luca Tomini


174 pages | 54 B/W Illus.

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While the process of democratization is nowadays an established scholarship, the reverse process of de-democratization has generated less attention even when the regression or even breakdown of democracy occurred on a regular basis over past decades.

This book investigates both the different combination of explanatory factors triggering the transition from democratic rule as well as the role of the actors’ involved in the process. It aims to integrate different levels of analysis and explanatory factors through a comparative analysis of the phenomenon since the beginning of the third wave of democratization. As such, it addresses the existing divide between the approaches focused on the conditions and those focused on the processes of change, using a mixed-method research design.

This text will be of key interest to scholars and students of comparative politics, democracy, democratization and de-democratization, political theory, and comparative political institutions.

Table of Contents


1. Transition to Non-Democratic Regimes: a Theoretical Overview

2. The Reverse Process in the Contemporary Period: a Preliminary Assessment

3. Focusing on the Conditions: A Qualitative Comparative Analysis

4. Incumbent Entrenchment: Dominican Republic and Bolivia

5. Opposition Takeover: Venezuela and Gambia

6. Democratic Coup: Nigeria and Thailand

7. Stabilizing Coup: Mali and Turkey

Conclusion: When Democracies Collapse

About the Author

Luca Tomini is FNRS Chercheur Qualifié in Political Science at the Université libre de Bruxelles in Belgium.

About the Series

Democratization Studies

(Formerly Democratization Studies, Frank Cass)

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