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The International Dimensions of DemocratizationEurope and the Americas$
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Laurence Whitehead

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780199243754

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199243751.001.0001

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Democracy by Convergence: Southern Europe

Democracy by Convergence: Southern Europe

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The International Dimensions of Democratization

Laurence Whitehead (Contributor Webpage)

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The modern political histories of Greece, Portugal, and Spain display a common theme of escape from an authoritarian rule. This lends support to an application of the ‘contagion’ theory of democratization outlined in the first chapter, by which the European Union is seen as having played a major role in promoting and generalizing a liberal–democratic pattern of values, fomenting desires in these three countries to emulate the Western European achievement, and encouraging convergence through integration.

Keywords:   contagion, democratization, Greece, Portugal, southern Europe, Spain

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