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Laurence Whitehead

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780199253289

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199253285.001.0001

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The Drama of Democratic Transitions

The Drama of Democratic Transitions

(p.36) 2 The Drama of Democratic Transitions

Laurence Whitehead (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

Proposes an interpretative framework for the comparison of democratic transitions. It argues that the complex dynamics, shifting agendas, and multiple interactions that characterize all such processes can be integrated and brought into focus by the construction of an analogy with theatre and drama. Every democratic transition obeys the logic of a public dramatic performance. The chapter also revisits the origins of democracy to confirm the robustness of this analogy with drama.

Keywords:   democracy, drama, metaphor, theatrical analogy, transitions

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