2. Patterns of political development

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Patterns of political development Institutional convergence in West Continuity, Divergence in East Western Incremental change vs. Eastern statist discontinuity W. Mainstreaming of political options / Territorial stability vs. E. instability of borders WESTERN EUROPE “The Long Peace” after 1945: characterized by absence of interstate war, realization of economic interdependence among states, and consolidation of liberal democracy. .Lot less turbulence than during the long 19 th . No fundamental challenges to liberal democracy or capitalism. Change is incremental (relatively small). Much stability and continuity than deep change and rupture. Evolution of European Union: incremental process of change. .Political democracy and capitalist economy seems to be a mix of radical options are disciplined (mainstream) Ex. Socialists become social democrats. Radical democrats become green party . territorial stability: border of states is basically unchanged .BUT democratic consolidation came late in Spain and Portugal (in 1970s). They are consolidated
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This note was uploaded on 04/18/2008 for the course POLI 212 taught by Professor Meadwell during the Winter '08 term at McGill.

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