Democratization Through the Looking-Glass

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Transaction Publishers, 2003 - Area studies - 283 pages
Democratization is a major political phenomenon of the current age. Democratization through the looking glass argues that our perspectives on democratization reflect the intellectual origins of the inquiry. How we see and understand it are influenced by what we 'bring to the table'. By considering democratization across a range of disciplines from anthropology and economics, to sociology, law and area studies, this volume offers a rich combination of analytical frameworks, distinctive insights and leading points of concern. On one level the book provides anyone interested in democratization with a wide-ranging distillation of the main themes, issues, and topics, concisely written by leading experts in their field. On a second level the book advances the case for a broadly-based comparative study which includes Europe and North America alongside developing regions, while maintaining the belief that a multi-disciplinary approach enhances our understanding of democratization far more than that of a narrow political science view. The book is aimed at students of politics willing to explore the boundaries of their subject and all social scientists who need an introduction to this important contemporary phenomenon.
 

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Contents

Perspectives
2
Anthropology
24
Economics
42
Gender Studies
57
History
71
International Political Economy
85
Law
101
Sociology
116
East Asia
170
The European Union
189
Latin America
202
South Asia
217
The United States
232
Conclusion
248
References
258
Index
276

Africa
138
Central and eastern Europe
154

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