Uncertain Outcome: The Politics of the Portuguese Transition to Democracy

Uncertain Outcome: The Politics of the Portuguese Transition to Democracy

By: Paul Christopher Manuel (author)Hardback

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After two years of political and economic chaos, democracy emerged in Portugal. This book examines the fascinating period from 1974-1976 when the Portuguese transition to democracy was far from a simple question of volunteeristic engineering. The author emphasizes that it involved a complex dynamic of interests, strategies, fears, wants, and goals among the multitude of players. The analytical focus on political factors in this book helps to reveal these crucial factors in a process that resulted in this successful emergence of democracy. Contents: Rethinking the Portuguese Transition to Democracy: Theoretical Issues; Origins of the 25 April Coup d'Etat; The Transition's First Phase: Military Rank Versus Revolutionary Legitimacy (25 April 1974 to 30 September 1974); The Transition's Second Phase: Ideological Cleavages in the MFA (30 September 1974 to 12 March 1975); The Transition's Third Phase: Opening to Civil Society (12 March 1975 to 8 September 1975); The Transition's Fourth Phase: Battle Over Control of the Armed Forces (9 September 1975 to 23 July 1976); Uncertain Outcome: Summary and Conclusion; Appendix: Interview and Newspaper Sources; Bibliography; Index.

About Author

Paul Christopher Manuel is professor of political science at Mount Saint Mary's University. Previously, he was chair and professor of politics at Saint Anselm College.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780819196514
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 214
  • ID: 9780819196514
  • weight: 376
  • ISBN10: 0819196517

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