The Consolidation of Democracy

Comparing Europe and Latin America

By Carsten Q. Schneider

© 2011 – Routledge

196 pages | 33 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

This book investigates the successes and failures in consolidating those democratic regimes that emerged in Europe and Latin America in the last quarter of the 20th century.

The theoretical approach developed combines the most prominent political-institutional and socio-structural approaches to explaining the Consolidation of Democracy (CoD). Reinterpreting conventional claims, Schneider’s comparative analyses of 32 countries indicates that the driving force behind CoD is the fit between the institutional type of democracy and the societal context in terms of power dispersion. This book:

  • presents new data measuring dimensions of regime transition processes in Latin America, the Middle East and Northern Africa, as well as some former Soviet republics;
  • reassesses some core assumptions of the dominant transition paradigm;
  • discusses general methodological issues involved when investigating causally complex claims in comparative social research and presents fuzzy set Qualitative Comparative Analysis (fsQCA) as a valuable addition to the methodological tool kit of comparative social scientists.

This innovative and important volume will be of interest to political scientists, particularly those with an interest in democracy, democratization, comparative politics and comparative methodology.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. Meanings and Measures of the Consolidation of Democracy (COD) 3. The Consolidation of Democracy across Time and Space 4. COD, Causal Complexity, and FS/QCA 5. Contexts, Institutions, and the Consolidation of Democracy 6. Reframing Debates: Looking Back and Looking Ahead

About the Author

Carsten Q. Schneider is Associate Professor and founding Director of the Center for Study of Imperfections in Democracy (DISC) at the Central European University (CEU), Budapest, Hungary.

About the Series

Democratization Studies

(Formerly Democratization Studies, Frank Cass)

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POL000000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / General
POL011000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
SCI055000
SCIENCE / Physics