This textbook introduces students to the theoretical and practical dimensions of democratization in an accessible and systematic way. Democratization is the first textbook to focus on the 'global wave of democratization' which has been happening since about 1970. The book brings together leading authors from diverse international backgrounds, including some of the best known names in the field.
Key themes covered in the book include:
Theories of democratization and their relation to democratic theory
Critical prerequisites and driving social forces of democratic transition
Pivotal actors and institutions involved in democratization
Conditions for democratic survival and the consolidation of newly democratized countries, and the analysis of failed democratization
Demonstrations of how these factors have played a role in the different regions in which the global wave of democratization transplaced authoritarian and communist systems
Possible futures of democratization worldwide.
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Christian Haerpfer is Associate Professor (Reader) of Politics and Head of the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Aberdeen, UK. He is also Director of the European Centre for Comparative Survey Research (ECCSR) at the University of Aberdeen. Patrick Bernhagen is Lecturer in the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Aberdeen, UK, where he teaches courses in democratic theory and research methods. Ronald Inglehart is Professor of Political Science and Program Director at the Institute of Social Research, University of Michigan. He is the founding and acting President of the World Values Surveys Association. Christian Welzel is Professor of Political Science at Jacobs University Bremen (JUB). He is a member of the Executive Committee of the World Values Surveys Association.
THEORETICAL AND HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVES; CAUSES AND DIMENSIONS OF DEMOCRATIZATION; ACTORS AND INSTITUTIONS; REGIONS OF DEMOCRATIZATION