Abstract

Abstract:

The best way to understand how stable, well-functioning democracies develop is to analyze the political trajectories such countries have actually taken. The political backstory of most democracies includes struggle, conflict, and even violence. Problems and failures can in retrospect often be seen to be integral parts of the long-term processes through which non-democratic institutions, elites, and cultures were delegitimized and eventually eliminated, and their democratic successors forged. Understanding past cases is a crucial step toward putting today’s democratization and democracy promotion discussions into the proper intellectual and historical context.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1086-3214
Print ISSN
1045-5736
Pages
pp. 28-41
Launched on MUSE
2007-01-22
Open Access
No
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