Prospects of Democracy: A Study of 172 Countries

Front Cover
Psychology Press, 1997 - Political Science - 374 pages
1 Review
This book provides the most extensive comparative survey of the state and conditions of democracy ever made. It focuses on 172 contemporary states, with historical data on the measures of democracy and on explanatory variables extending back to the 1850s. It presents a comprehensive exploration of democratization, its successes and failures, making predictions on the prospects for democracy for single countries and for seven regions of the world.
As well as presenting empirical analyses of democratization on the basis of Vanhanens's resource distribution theory of democratization and making predictions on the prospects, the book includes contributions from five commentators, Mitchell A. Seligson on Latin America, Samuel Decalo and John W. Forje on Africa, John Henderson on Oceania and Ilter Turan on why some of the countires that pass Vanhanen's democratic threshold cannot in fact be seen as democracies. The volume also includes an introductory chapter which examines and compares other theoretical interpretations of democratization.
Prospects for Democracy will be essential reading for all serious students of comparative politics and democracy.
 

What people are saying - Write a review

User Review - Flag as inappropriate

Seems that the book is interesting; however, as the book is not available here in Nepal, and will take longer time to get access, It will be good if it is made generously available to the readers of LDCs.

Contents

Theoretical interpretations of democratization
10
Research design
27
18501993
67
Predictions for single countries by regions
99
Regularities since the 1850s
155
Appendices
176
Appendix 2
208
Appendix 3
215
Tatu Vanhanen thesis and the prospects of democracy
277
Conclusions
283
The lack of political community as an impediment to democracy
289
The political economy of democratic evolution
296
References
313
Prospects of democracy in Oceania
334
References
343
Index
361

Appendix 4
233
Appendix 5
251

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

References to this book

All Book Search results »

About the author (1997)

TATU VANHANEN is Professor Emeritus, Department of Political Science, University of Tampere and Docent Emeritus, Department of Political Science, University of Helsinki, Finland.

Bibliographic information