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Between States: Interim Governments in Democratic Transitions (Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics)

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ISBN-13: 978-0521484985
ISBN-10: 0521484987
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"In this major contribution to the study of regime transition, Shain and Linz differentiate in extraordinarily suggestive ways among various types of interim government. The reader is continuously struck by the authors' breadth of knowledge and their frequent subtle insights into political life. Between States is a major contribution to what we know--and how we think abou;t--the challenge of regime transition." Robert Fishman, University of Notre Dame

"This book is an important and unique contribution to the literature on democratization and, more broadly, regime change. By undertaking comparative analyses of the roles played by interim governments, Shain, Linz and their collaborators fill an important void in our knowledge of this sometimes crucial step in processes of political change." Richard Gunther, Ohio State University

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The first book to assess systematically the broad implications of interim governments--in the establishment of democratic regimes and on the existence of states--presents four ideal types of interim government based on historical and contemporary democratization experiences.


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Product Details

  • Series: Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics
  • Paperback: 348 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (May 26, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521484987
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521484985
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,382,695 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 10, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Reviewed by Sergei V. Solodovnik in International Relations, Volume XIII, No 5, August 1997 -
The purpose of this book is two-fold: first, to develop a theory based on models of transitional forms of governance, and secondly, to support a theoretical analysis with case studies derived from six episodes of post-Second World War history. The authors have done their best to blend legal and political issues into an integrated multi-disciplinary approach, reflecting the twin challenges experienced by new states emerging from a former state: the legitimacy of the political entity and the nature of its regime.
Both points are crucial in those instances when the period between the break-up of the old regime or the dissolution of the former state and the first democratic elections is overseen by an interim administration. A provisional government, by definition, is not a fully legal entity, which might explain why many scholars of the legality of the state have disregarded the problems of provisional governments. But the type of government is crucial during the stage of transition from authoritarian to democratic rule; it may either impede or expedite the transformation.
The authors offer the following models of transitional regimes: 1) revolutionary provisional governments, 2) power-sharing interim governments, 3) incumbent caretaker governments, 4) international interim governments. While the first three differ between themselves on the extent of the role played by representatives of the former ruling elite within an interim government (from near zero in model 1 to near dominant in model 3), the fourth model seems especially apposite for the turn of the century, with the new emphasis on international intervention in civil or ethnic conflicts.
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