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Democratization: Theory and Experience

Laurence Whitehead


Argues that democratization is best understood as a long‐term, dynamic, and open‐ended process extending over generations. Standard models of causal explanation, therefore, need to be supplemented by more interpretative approaches. Basic questions of citizen security, the nature of public accountability, and the role of money as a source of political power need reconsideration. The book proposes a range of new perspectives on the complex linkages between democratization and state formation, on the logic of paired comparisons and comparisons between large regions of the world, and on the relati ... More

Keywords: democracy, democratization, paired comparisons, social construction

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780199253289
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0199253285.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Laurence Whitehead, author
Official Fellow, Nuffield College, University of Oxford
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