The coauthor of the seminal work on democratic transitions sets the record straight on what the scholarly literature actually says.
Volume 13, Issue 3
Debating the Transition Paradigm
The notion of countries being on the “path to democracy” remains valid unless and until they come up with a systemic alternative to democracy.
Democracy promotion is a cause-oriented mission, but a good deal of hard-headed realism goes into program planning and work.
A leading democracy specialist at the U.S. Agency for International Development defends his organization’s approach.
The author of “The End of the Transition Paradigm” responds to each of his critics in turn.
The gravest challenges facing democracy in the Balkans are problems not of ethnicity or postcommunism, but of citizen disaffection and disillusionment.
Until now, globalization and democratization have been mutually reinforcing, but in the future globalization may pose serious challenges for democracy.
Globalization has fostered the spread of “democracy as procedure,” but it is much less favorable to the spread of “democracy as culture.”
The November elections were peaceful and competitive. For the third straight time, voters chose a conservative who embraced democratic liberties.
Middle East Studies After 9/11
Talk about the Middle East and those who study it has become understandably heated. But we can learn more through a calm assessment of the achievements and weaknesses of this field.
Is the field of Middle East studies as badly flawed as some critics charge? A fair-minded look at the last 10 or 15 years of research suggests otherwise.
Middle Eastern autocracies rely ever more on repression of both their Islamist and secular critics, and therefore increasingly fear that any opening will be uncontrollable. Is there a way out?
While many experts recommend postponing democratization pending the rise of a middle class, a directly political strategy may well be better.
Often recommended as a means of ending intractable civil wars, power-sharing may in fact be least likely to work when it is most needed.
This region’s five republics have just lived through a remarkable first decade of independence that raises questions about “preconditions”-based theories of democratization.
The small, Portuguese-speaking island republic of Cape Verde offers a suggestive case study of successful democratic consolidation.
A review of "Russia’s Unfinished Revolution: Political Change from Gorbachev to Putin" by Michael McFaul.
A review of “Arguing Comparative Politics” by Alfred Stepan.