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Democracy in the Developing World: Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East

ISBN: 978-0-7456-2141-8
256 pages
October 2001, Polity
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Until the late 1980s, there were very few democratically elected governments in the developing world. These areas were characterized by a range of authoritarian regimes from military administrations to one-party dictatorships. Over the past decade, however, the situation has altered significantly and an increasing number of developing countries have made the transition to democracy. For some, this process of building and consolidating democracy has been relatively easy, while for others, it has proved more complex and harder to sustain.

In this important new textbook, Jeff Haynes seeks to explain why these differences occur. Adopting a broadly comparative approach, he begins by examining the theories and practice of democratic transition and consolidation in the new democracies of Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. Haynes argues persuasively that a country's ability to consolidate democracy depends not only on the interaction of structural and agency factors, but also on a variety of specific domestic and international concerns which may help or hinder democratic progress. Using a wide range of case studies to illustrate his argument, Haynes provides an accessible and comprehensive analysis of the processes and problems of democratic consolidation in developing nations.

This is an important textbook that will be invaluable to students in a variety of areas from politics and comparative politics to development studies and history.

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Chapter 1: The Third Wave of Democracy.

Introduction.

The third wave of democracy and its ramifications.

Forms of authoritarian rule.

Forms of democracy.

Types of democratic regime.

Overall conclusions.

Chapter 2: Democratic Transitions and Structured Contingency.

Democratic transitions in comparative perspective.

Characteristics of democratic transitions.

Structured contingency.

Overall conclusions.

Chapter 3: Explaining Democratic Consolidation.

What is democratic consolidation?.

Democratic consolidation: political, economic and international dimensions.

Theoretical perspectives and hypotheses on democratic consolidation.

Chapter 4: Latin America.

Introduction.

Structural impediments to democracy in Latin America.

Democratic consolidation in Latin America.

Case studies: Mexico and Venezuela.

Overall conclusions.

Chapter 5: East and South East Asia.

Introduction.

Structural impediments to democracy in East and South East Asia.

Democratic consolidation in East and South East Asia.

Case studies: South Korea and the Philippines.

Overall conclusions.

Chapter 6: South Asia.

Introduction.

Structural impediments to democracy in South Asia.

Democratic consolidation in South Asia.

Case studies: India and Pakistan.

Overall conclusions.

Chapter 7: Africa.

Introduction.

Structural impediments to democracy in Africa.

Democratic consolidation in Africa.

Case studies: South Africa and Ghana.

Overall conclusions.

Chapter 8: The Middle East.

Introduction.

Structural impediments to democracy in the Middle East.

Democratization in the Middle East.

Case studies: Kuwait and Turkey.

Overall conclusions.

Chapter 9: Conclusions.

Structured contingency and democracy.

Democratic consolidation in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.

The future.

Appendix: The Freedom House Survey and Organization.

Bibliography.

Index

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Jeff Haynes is Professor of Politics at London Guildhall University.

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  • A wide ranging and comparative account of political change in the developing world

  • Written in a clear and comprehensive way

  • An ideal introductory textbook
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'The 'third wave' of democratisation of the last 25 years has served to universalise the concerns of political scientists about democracy and the conditions which sustain and consolidate it. Jeff Haynes has written a comprehensive and highly readable introduction to these questions, drawing on a wide range of theoretical approaches and comparative studies. The book will be of great value to lecturers and students alike working in this field.' Adrian Leftwich, University of York


"Democracy in the Developing World is impressive in the breadth of its scope and the depth of its theoretical arguments and empirical analysis. The author offers a thoughtful and provocative theory of democratic consolidation, testing it against a rich array of case studies drawn from the developing world. This book is essential reading for anyone interested in the comparative study of the developing world or the dynamics of democratization." Mehran Kamrava, California State University


"The text is methodically organised and Haynes' expression is uniformly clear." Asian Studies Review

"Haynes' book is very well structured and argued...he covers an impressive range of empirical material as well as theoretical literature." Lard Svasand, Democratization

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