Transitions to democracy. What theory to grasp empirical complexities?

Morlino, Leonardo (2014) Transitions to democracy. What theory to grasp empirical complexities? [Working Paper]. LUISS Academy, Roma. p. 28. Working Paper (6/2014). ISBN 9788868560249.

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When analysing transitions toward democracy during the last three decades of the 20th century and the first decade of the 21st century, it is readily apparent that the variety of empirical processes is so wide that achieving meaningful theoretical results is extremely difficult, as shown very explicitly by the existing literature on the topic. This paper addresses the key theoretical questions that need to be dealt with by the empirical analysis of the transitional process: Are there key, recurring actors and factors that we should take into account when analysing all cases in depth?; Why is a focus on installation salient?; Are there recurring patterns of successful transitions?; Is or are there key recurring mechanism/s that critically explain successful transitions?; And are there obstacles that make it impossible to achieve a successful transition and doom such a process to failure? On the basis of existing knowledge in the subfield an attempt is made to reply to these questions, and in this way to single out the main theoretical results achieved in the field.

Item Type: Report / Paper (Working Paper)
Research documents and activity classification: Working Papers > Refereed Working Papers / of international relevance
Divisions: Department of Political Science
MIUR Scientific Area: Area 14 - Political and Social Sciences > SPS/04 Political Science
Deposited by: Barbara Scipioni
Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2014 16:00
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2015 23:17


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