Patterns of consolidated democracies : Europe and Latin America compared
Title: Patterns of consolidated democracies : Europe and Latin America compared
Author: SCHNEIDER, Carsten Q.
Citation: Florence, European University Institute, 2004
Series/Report no.: EUI PhD theses; Department of Political and Social Sciences
This dissertation investigates the successes and failures in consolidating those democratic regimes that emerged in Europe and Latin America in the last quarter of the 20th century. The theoretical approach developed combines the most prominent political-institutional and socio-structural approaches to explaining the Consolidation of Democracy (CoD). Reinterpreting conventional claims, Schneider 's comparative analyses of 32 countries indicates that the driving force behind CoD is the fit between the institutional type of democracy and the societal context in terms of power dispersion. This dissertation: presents new data measuring dimensions of regime transition processes in Latin America, the Middle East and Northern Africa, as well as some former Soviet republics; reassesses some core assumptions of the dominant transition paradigm; discusses general methodological issues involved when investigating causally complex claims in comparative social research and presents fuzzy set Qualitative Comparative Analysis (fsQCA) as a valuable addition to the methodological tool kit of comparative social scientists. This innovative and important study will be of interest to political scientists, particularly those with an interest in democracy, democratization, comparative politics and comparative methodology.
LC Subject Heading: Democracy -- Europe; Democracy -- Latin America
Defence date: 22 September 2004; Examining board: Prof. László Bruszt (EUI) ; Prof. Wolfgang Merkel (Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin and Humboldt University) ; Prof. Charles C. Ragin (University of Arizona) ; Prof. Philippe C. Schmitter (EUI-Supervisor)
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