Autocracies now constitute a smaller share of regimes than ever before. Autocratic regimes feel compelled to call themselves democracies and hold elections, flawed though they may be.
Is it difficult to transplant it into new soil? The fall of so many dictatorships in the last few years—first in Southern Europe, then in Latin America, now in Eastern Europe—opens new, more optimistic perspectives on democratic development.
The crises of dictatorships and the search for a new political order offer fertile ground for an examination of how best to effect democratic transitions. By focusing on the objective conditions that make democracy probable, sociological and historical theories of democracy often lose sight of what is possible.
Here Giuseppe Di Palma instead explores those conciliatory political undertakings that political actors on all sides now engage in to make the improbable possible.
His emphasis is on political crafting: Di Palma also examines the reasons—stalemate, the high cost of repression, a loss of goals, international constraints and inducements—that may motivate incumbents and nondemocratic political actors to accept democracy, even in those cases, as in Central America and Eastern Europe, where acceptance would seem least likely.
An original and imaginative work that, in the light of recent transitions, challenges our assumptions about fledgling democracies and breaks new theoretical ground, To Craft Democracies will appeal to anyone interested in the way we forge our political communities today.To Craft Democracies: An Essay on Democratic Transitions - Ebook written by Giuseppe Di Palma.
Read this book using Google Play Books app on your PC, android, iOS devices. Download for offline reading, highlight, bookmark or take notes while you read To Craft Democracies: An Essay on Democratic Transitions. The transition to democracy in South Africa restored the conditions favourable for economic growth, but the extent to which democracy has facilitated economic development in the .
Although Africa has been one of the least democratic regions of the world, it has been experiencing widespread pressures for democratic change since Although pressure-from both domestic civil societies and international donors-has failed to bring about a transition to democracy in most cases, it has succeeded in many.
Today, about a third of all African countries are at. Editor's Note: This policy brief is part of a series of papers on democracy, security, and violent extremism prepared for the Community of Democracies’ Democracy and Security Dialogue.
Despite South Korea's messy democratic trajectory, it has miraculously achieved consolidation. Though far from perfect, South Korea's democracy has turned .
The Best of FPRI’s Essays on Democratic Transitions, Project on Democratic Transitions Edited by: Maia Otarashvili A. Basora Director of FPRI’s Project on Democratic Transitions July To judge by the headlines of recent months, democracy might seem to be in prolonged retreat throughout the world.