Defending Democracy: reactions to extremist parties in interwar European democracies
Title: Defending Democracy: reactions to extremist parties in interwar European democracies
Author: CAPOCCIA, Giovanni
Citation: Florence, European University Institute, 2000
Series/Report no.: EUI PhD theses; Department of Political and Social Sciences
How does a democracy deal with threats to its stability and continued existence when those threats come from political parties that play the democratic game? In Defending Democracy, political scientist Giovanni Capoccia studies key European nations between World Wars I and II which survived such democratic crises. A comprehensive and thoughtful historical analysis of the democracies of interwar Europe, Defending Democracy provides a unique perspective on the many lessons to be learned from their successes and failures. With this exclusively empirical investigative approach, Capoccia develops a methodology for analyzing contemporary democracies -- such as Algeria, Turkey, Israel, and others -- where similar political conditions are present. Given the rise of terrorism and the persistence of extremism in both established and new democracies today, continued research and dialogue on the defense of democracy are necessary for its preservation.
LC Subject Heading: Democracy -- Europe -- History -- 20th century; Radicalism -- Europe -- History -- 20th century; Political parties -- Europe -- History -- 20th century; Europe -- Politics and government -- 1918-1945
Defence date: 9 December 2000; Examining board: Prof. Stefano Bartolini (EUI), supervisor ; Prof. Klaus von Beyme (Karls-Ruprechts Universität Heidelberg) ; Prof. Peter Mair (Leiden Universiteit) ; Prof. Philippe C. Schmitter (EUI)
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