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The 1980s and 1990s have witnessed a wave of democratization across the world. This trend has led to some basic questions about the future of democracy and its ability to survive. This theme is examined from two focal points—that of praxis and that of security.
Major theorists such as Robert Dahl and noted democractic leaders such as former Argentine President Raul Alfonsin join forces to spell out the essential ingredients for avoiding disaster in transitional periods of post-authoritarian states. This edited collection challenges some of the existing views about democratization around the world and considers basic questions of both praxis and security. Part of this unique overview deals with practical lessons learned in various countries; part focuses on links between democracy and security. Several themes underline the work. First, that democracy cannot be made from above. Second, that the survival of democracy is directly linked to security issues. It becomes clear that the future of democracy after authoritarianism may not be as bright as thought. Excellent text for courses in world politics, democratic theory, and comparative politics.
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Introduction: After Authoritarianism by Daniel N. Nelson
The Newer Democracies: From the Time of Triumph to the Time of Troubles by Robert A. Dahl
Opposing Authoritarianism, Building Democracy: Case Studies
The Transition Towards Democracy in a Developing Country: The Case of Argentina by Raul Alfonsin
The Rise of Public Legitimation in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe by Daniel N. Nelson
China at the Crossroads: Between Democracy and Dictatorship by Liu Binvan
The Fragility of Democracy: The Case of Zaire by Floribert Chebeya
Security and Democracy: European and Global Perspectives
Refashioning Space and Security in Europe: Order Versus Disorder by Simon Serfaty
Post Communist Europe: Back from the Abyss? by Regina Karp
Containing Ethnic Conflict by Charles William Maynes
Leadership in a Transitional World: The Challenge of Keeping the Peace by Paul David Miller
Dangers of Democratization by Daniel N. Nelson
Nine essays make up this valuable analysis of how authoritarian states might avoid disaster as they move toward democracy....will edify both graduate and undergraduate students of comparative and international politics.