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Democracy and Its Limits

Democracy and Its Limits

Lessons from Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East

Edited by Howard Handelman and Mark Tessler

Democracy and the process of democratization undoubtedly constitute the most significant theoretical foci of comparative politics at the close of the twentieth century. Some look hopefully for signs of democratic consolidation in areas such as Latin America and East Asia, while others remain skeptical regarding the authenticity or comprehensiveness of current democratic regimes.

The multidisciplinary essays in Democracy and Its Limits combine an appreciation of the progress made to date in Third World democratization with a sober assessment of structural and cultural factors that limit further progress toward procedural democracy in many parts of the world, such as China and much of the Middle East. The contributors to this volume assess the positive accomplishments of newly installed or restored democratic regimes, as well as the frequent failure of political democracies to achieve socioeconomic democracy. In avoiding both the euphoria of many early works on Third Wave democratization and the deep pessimism of many recent publications, this book presents a balanced perspective that is a welcome contribution to the field of comparative politics.

ISBN: 978-0-268-00891-8
368 pages
Publication Year: 2000

Howard Handelman is emeritus professor of political science at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

*Mark Tessler *is the Samuel J. Eldersveld Collegiate Professor at the University of Michigan.

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Decentralization, Democracy, and Subnational Government in Brazil, Mexico, and the USA

Robert H. Wilson, Peter M. Ward, Peter K. Spink, and Victoria E. Rodríguezwith Marta Ferreira Santos Farah, Lawrence S. Graham, Pedro Jacobi, and Allison M. Rowland

Democracy and Its Limits

Lessons from Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East

Edited by Howard Handelman and Mark Tessler

 Democracy and Its Limits: Lessons from Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East
Paper Edition

Democracy and the process of democratization undoubtedly constitute the most significant theoretical foci of comparative politics at the close of the twentieth century. Some look hopefully for signs of democratic consolidation in areas such as Latin America and East Asia, while others remain skeptical regarding the authenticity or comprehensiveness of current democratic regimes.

The multidisciplinary essays in Democracy and Its Limits combine an appreciation of the progress made to date in Third World democratization with a sober assessment of structural and cultural factors that limit further progress toward procedural democracy in many parts of the world, such as China and much of the Middle East. The contributors to this volume assess the positive accomplishments of newly installed or restored democratic regimes, as well as the frequent failure of political democracies to achieve socioeconomic democracy. In avoiding both the euphoria of many early works on Third Wave democratization and the deep pessimism of many recent publications, this book presents a balanced perspective that is a welcome contribution to the field of comparative politics.

ISBN: 978-0-268-00891-8

368 pages

Howard Handelman is emeritus professor of political science at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

*Mark Tessler *is the Samuel J. Eldersveld Collegiate Professor at the University of Michigan.

From the Helen Kellogg Institute for International Studies