The author provides a new definition of democracy - one permitting the continuous achievement of a more equal distribution of political power - before discussing the main conditions (economic development, the political process, external influences) responsible for democratic transition and development. Arguing that post-modernization theory can explain globalization, he builds on the democratic peace thesis, contending that globalization is a function of democracy.
Dr. Tiruneh is Assistant Professor at the University of Central Arkansas. He received his Ph.D. in Comparative Politics and International Relations from the State University of New York at Binghamton.
Foreword by Donald Whistler; Acknowledgements; Introduction; Democratic Transition; Democratic Development after Transition; Normal Democracy and Its Relation to Other Social and Economic Systems: The Cases of Life Expectancy and Market Economy; Natural Equilibria in the Past; Democracy in the Age of Globalization; Conclusions; Bibliography; Index.