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Global Divergence of Democracies

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Drawn from outstanding articles published in the Journal of Democracy, The Global Divergence of Democracies follows the enthusiastically received earlier volume, The Global Resurgence of Democracy.
The tremendous momentum of democratic expansion that characterized the 1980s and the first half of the 1990s has drawn to a halt. Significantly, this halt has not yet been followed by a "reverse wave"of democratic breakdowns, and democracy remains unchallenged as a global model and ideal of governance. The values of freedom, human rights, and popular sovereignty have continued to gain strength in the world. The first section of The Global Divergence of Democracies presents a few outstanding examples of the accumulating body of argument and evidence in favor of the universality of democratic principles and their basic compatibility with diverse religious and cultural traditions.
Nonetheless, in practice, the performance of the world's newer democracies has become increasingly varied, a trend reflected in the title of this volume: The Global Divergence of Democracies. The divergence in the quality or depth of democracy is matched by a parallel divergence in progress toward the consolidation of democracy. The second section of this volume is devoted to the hotly contested debate among leading scholars of comparative democracy of the utility and meaning of the concept of consolidation.
A third section examines some of the key building blocks of successful democracy, including political party systems, elections, federalism, the rule of law, a market economy, an independent judiciary, and civilian control of the military. The volume concludes with a series of appraisals of the divergent paths that democracy is taking both among and within various regions of the world, as well as in such key countries as Russia and China. With contributions by more than thirty of the world's leading scholars of democracy, this volume presents the most comprehensive assessment available of the state of democracy in the world at the beginning of the new millennium.

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Larry Diamond is senior fellow in the Hoover Institute of War, Revolution, and Peace at Stanford University.Marc F. Plattner is a counselor at the National Endowment for Democracy, a codirector of the International Forum for Democratic Studies, and a coeditor of the Journal of Democracy.


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With contributions by more than thirty of the world's leading scholars of democracy, this volume presents the most comprehensive assessment available of the state of democracy in the world at the beginning of the new millennium.

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Authors Larry Diamond, Larry (Director Diamond, Larry Plattner Diamond
Assisted by Larry Diamond (Editor), Larry (Director Diamond (Editor), Larry Jay Diamond (Editor), Marc Plattner (Editor), Marc F. Plattner (Editor), Marc F. (Editor Plattner (Editor)
Publisher Johns Hopkins University Press
 
Languages English
Product format Paperback / Softback
Released 14.11.2001
 
EAN 9780801868429
ISBN 978-0-8018-6842-9
No. of pages 416
Series A Journal of Democracy Book
Cornell Studies in Security Af
A Journal of Democracy Book
Journal of Democracy Book
Subject Social sciences, law, business > Political science > Political science and political education

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