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Democracy in Small States: Persisting Against All Odds

Jack Corbett and Wouter Veenendaal


This book brings thirty-nine small democracies into the comparative politics canon for the first time. For over fifty years, scholars have debated the complex and dynamic process called democratization: currently the discipline thinks that economic growth, cultural homogeneity, institutional design, party system institutionalization, and geographic location explain why some transitions consolidate, and others do not. But this work has systematically overlooked the world’s thirty-nine smallest states (with populations of 1 million or less), located in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Pacific, and Cari ... More

Keywords: democracy, comparative politics, democratization, personalization, small states, Africa, Asia, Europe, Caribbean, Pacific

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198796718
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198796718.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jack Corbett, author
Associate Professor of Politics, University of Southampton

Wouter Veenendaal, author
Assistant Professor of Political Science, Leiden University