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The Third Wave: Democratization in the Late 20th Century (The Julian J. Rothbaum Distinguished Lecture Series)
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An interesting side note is Huntington's analysis of why countries democratize. Each wave had its own conditions, but several variables merit mentioning. As a country industrializes, it becomes increasingly difficult for an authoritarian regime to maintain its monopoly on power, which becomes more diffused. Industrialization also fosters the growth of a questioning middle class that becomes more vocal as its wealth increases (not to mention a vibrant working class that is also a vital force for democracy, as Rueschemeyer, Stephens, and Stephens note in Capitalist Development and Democracy.) In addition, authoritarian regimes inevitably weaken over time as they fail to meet expectations and public dissatisfaction increases; they also become stale and are usually incapable of renewing themselves. They eventually lose legitimacy as the coalition of interests that supports them begins to splinter. Just a few more headaches for Jiang Jemin and his crew.
These five changes that Huntington identifies become his five independent variables that bear influence on his dependent variable, democratization. Huntington feels it is important to clarify his dependant variable:
The dependant variable of this study is not democracy, but democratization. The purpose is to explain why some countries that were authoritarian became democratic in a particular period of time. The focus is on regime change, not regime existence...Read more ›
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Huntington’s attempt in writing this book is to explain the global political development of the late twentieth century and the transition of over thirty different countries from... Read morePublished 10 months ago by cerwin2
For anyone who is interested in political development in developing world, both this book and his Political Order (1968) are must-read.Published 19 months ago by Y. W.
Part of MOOC. Useful. As with many Kindle books, pagination and a good table of contents would help to skip around in book.Published on June 15, 2013 by Tom Murdock
It's a good book, perhaps a little tendentious, but explains how governmental offices were formed since 1974. It's an American perspective about democracy.Published on April 27, 2013 by Rosa Gpe Cisneros Nava
I'd avoided reading this book for years. I thought Huntington was old news as far as political science was concerned. The Third Wave after all was history. Read morePublished on September 25, 2012 by Enjolras
This book is a detailed study by one of the most prominent political scientists of the late 20th century of the wave of democratization that engulfed the world in the 1970s-1980s... Read morePublished on March 29, 2011 by maxbel1985
While somewhat dated (the book was published in 1991), Huntington lays out a clear analysis of what led to the "third wave" of democratic development around the world. Read morePublished on September 11, 2007 by J. Brian ODay