Democracy and authoritarianism in the postcommunist world by Valerie Bunce, Michael McFaul, Kathryn Stoner-Weiss

By Valerie Bunce, Michael McFaul, Kathryn Stoner-Weiss

This quantity brings jointly a unusual crew of students engaged on jap Europe and the previous Soviet Union to envision extensive 3 waves of democratic switch that came about in 11 assorted former Communist countries. Its essays draw very important conclusions in regards to the upward thrust, improvement, and breakdown of either democracy and dictatorship in each one state and jointly offer a wealthy comparative viewpoint at the post-Communist world.
The first democratic wave to brush this quarter encompasses the swift upward push of democratic regimes from 1989 to 1992 from the ashes of Communism and Communist states. the second one wave arose with accession to the eu Union (from 2004 to 2007) and the 3rd, with the electoral defeat of dictators (1996 to 2005) in Croatia, Serbia, Georgia, and Ukraine.
Although those 3 waves happened in several international locations and concerned assorted concepts, they still shared a number of overarching commonalities. foreign components performed a task in all 3 waves, as did electorate not easy political switch. additional, every one wave printed not only triumphant democrats but in addition hugely innovative authoritarians. The authors of every bankruptcy during this quantity research either inner and exterior dimensions of either democratic good fortune and failure.

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Reclaiming Democracy: Civil Society and Electoral Change in Central and Eastern Europe (Washington, DC: German Marshall Fund, 2007). A Regional Tradition 33 the liberal opposition in competitive or semicompetitive elections, and, in the more authoritarian contexts of Serbia, Georgia, Ukraine, and Kyrgyzstan, carrying out protests after the election to force a transfer of political power from authoritarians, who lost the election, to the victorious democratic opposition. 9 This comparison also allows us to accomplish three related objectives.

Journal of Democracy, 18, No. 1 (January, 2007), pp. 143–56; Peter Ackerman and Jack Duvall, A Force More Powerful: A Century of Nonviolent Conflict (New York: Palgrave, 2000); Kurt Schock, “Nonviolent Action and Its Misconceptions: Insights for Social Scientists,” PS, 36, No. 4 (October 2003), pp. 705–12; Kurt Schock, Unarmed Insurrections: People Power Movements in Nondemocracies (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2005). See John Markoff, Waves of Democracy: Social Movements and Political Change.

International Security, 16, No. 3 (Winter 1991–2), pp. 74– 118. Yakovlev studied as an exchange student in the United States and then spent a decade living in Canada as the Soviet ambassador. ” Journal of Democracy, 16, No. 2 (2006), pp. 21–35. , pp. 194–223 (New York: Columbia University Press, 2001). 96 v. conclusion When examined from a comparative perspective, the third wave transitions look different from the fourth wave transitions. , communist dictatorship compared to noncommunist dictatorship).

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