Why are some regimes democratic while others are not? Specifically,
how have Spain and Italy managed to become democratic while Turkey,
which shares many similar characteristics, has not? Spain, Italy
and Turkey have shared common historical features which would have
been disruptive to any new democracy; however they represent a wide
array of democratization experiences. Providing a comparative case
study analysis, this book offers some clues as to the reasons for
successful transitions to democracy. This is done through a range
of variables which include: * the degree of 'stateness' problems *
learning from previous experiences with democracy and
authoritarianism * economic development * the procedures used for
designing the new rules of the regime * the existence or absence of
'civil society' and the connection between society and political
institutions * the democratic rules themselves * the
professionalization of the military * the influence of external
factors on democratic consolidation. By examining these variables
across the three countries, Lauren McLaren narrows the range of
possible explanations for differences in democratic consolidation.
The book will be of particular interest to students and researchers
of European Politics and Democratization Studies.
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