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Changes for DemocracyActors, Structures, Processes$
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Leonardo Morlino

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199572533

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199572533.001.0001

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Domestic Anchoring

Domestic Anchoring

(p.109) 5 Domestic Anchoring
Changes for Democracy

Leonardo Morlino

Oxford University Press

The analyses of consolidation and internal crisis need to complement each other in order to better explain the change within a democracy. This chapter integrates, revises, and develops the results of the existing literature starting from the empirical results of a systematic, comparative empirical research on the Southern European countries. The main theoretical conclusion concerns the salience of the process of democratic anchoring, when consolidation is considered, and de-anchoring with reference to crisis. The chapter analyses the notions of anchors, anchoring and de-anchoring; the connections between legitimation, democratic consolidation, and crisis; and the patterns of consolidation and crisis building in South European as well as Latin America and East Europe. The explanations and the theoretical background of anchoring and de-anchoring are discussed.

Keywords:   consolidation, crisis, legitimation, anchoring

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