Definition of democracy must be normatively satisfying and useful for analytical and research
Conditions of a good democracy?:
Rule of law: Argentina is a democracy, but rule of law is unevenly applied. <-can have
democracy without s
The Rentier State
"A state that receives substantial rents from "foreign individuals, concerns, or governments."
"Rents": revenues or income
Key: Bulk of government revenues obtained directly from external actors, not from taxation of citizens.
Transition to Democracy in Spain
Adolfo Suarez and Spain's Transition to Democracy (I)
Long crisis of regime. Stalemate between ruling coalition and opposition. (Preparatory Phase"?).
King Juan Carlos appoints Adolfo Suarez. Suarez takes on role of 'refor
Huntingtons Actor Model
Liberal Reformers (well reform, but only liberalization)
members of the authoritarian government who realize that things are changing but wont go all the
way to democracy. Just t
What the relationship is between economics.
Rich countries tend to be democratic and poor countries tend to struggle with democracy.
Most democracies seem to be happening in middle income level countries.
Theories linking economic development and democrac
Why do Democracies emerge when they do?
Under what conditions might we expect democratic regimes to emerge?
Short Term Causes:
A group of people got together and put together a democratic regime. (there was a war or
an uprising, therefore, a democratic re
Democratization and the dynamics and competitive dynamics it unleashes can be harmful to the state.
Ethno-politicians emerge because it is a rational strategy of political competition. Ethnic
mobilization will make ethnic appeals and dehumanize other ethn
Pluralism and Regime Types
Totalarianism: No pluralism ("monism")
Authoritarianism: limited pluralism
you can have opponents but they are limited. Tend to be independent sources of power, usually
economic. In the final phases, you can likely identify who
If there is a wave of democratization resulting from the uprisings that took place earlier this year,
it is probable that this wave would have to be analyzed differently from the waves we've been
looking at. Huntington's waves don't seem to fit that of th