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Regimes, Politics, and MarketsDemocratization and Economic Change in Southern and Eastern Europe$
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José María Maravall

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780198280835

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198280835.001.0001

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Democracies and Democrats

Democracies and Democrats

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Regimes, Politics, and Markets


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This chapter analyses the subjective universes which have accompanied the political changes and economic transformations in the new democracies. It examines the political cultures of these regimes, the way these have evolved over time, and the influence which economic conditions may have had on this evolution. A well-established tradition of political analysis considers that the cultural bases of a democracy affect its vulnerability, and that economic conditions have a decisive influence on these bases. This chapter focuses on three aspects of this whole area of debate. The first concerns the extent to which political culture theory can explain regime change. The second question concerns the degree of autonomy of political legitimacy. The third question concerns the way in which political cultures are affected by the passage of time.

Keywords:   political change, economic transformation, new democracies, political cultures, autonomy

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