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Diffusion and the international context of democratization

Gleditsch, KS and Ward, MD (2006) 'Diffusion and the international context of democratization.' International Organization, 60 (4). 911 - 933. ISSN 0020-8183

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Abstract

Democracy does not evolve sui generis. The spatial clustering in democracy and transitions? suggests that international factors play a prominent role in forging democracies as well as influencing their durability. We argue that democracy often comes about as a result of changes in the relative power of important actors and groups as well as their evaluations of particular institutions, both of which are often influenced by forces outside the country in question. The scope and extent of connections with other democratic countries in a region can strengthen support for democratic reform and help sustain institutions in transitional democracies. Results from a transition model demonstrate that international factors can exert a strong influence on the prospects for transitions to democracy, and the spatial clustering in democracy and transitions cannot adequately be explained by the hypothesized domestic social requisites of individual countries. © 2006 by The IO Foundation.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Government, Department of
Depositing User: Peter Josse
Date Deposited: 14 Feb 2015 10:49
Last Modified: 23 Jan 2019 00:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/10118

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