New Challenges to Democratization

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Peter Burnell, Richard Youngs
Taylor & Francis, Nov 13, 2009 - Political Science - 240 pages
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This important text explores the widespread contention that new challenges and obstacles have arisen to democratization, assessing the claim that support for democratization around the world is facing a serious challenge.

Bringing together leading international scholars of democratization, including Thomas Carothers, Michael McFaul, Laurence Whitehead, Bassma Kodmani, Nancy Bermeo, Marina Ottaway, Shaun Breslin and,Renske Doorenspleet, this book examines the issues relating to developments within non-democratic states and issues related to the democratic world and its efforts to support the spread of democracy. Featuring in-depth studies on the limits of US democracy promotion, the Middle East, Russia, China and new democracies, the book sheds light on such questions as:

  • Is the wave of democratization now in retreat or should we be careful not to exaggerate the importance of recent setbacks?
  • Do serious, sustainable alternatives to democracy now exist?
  • Is international democracy promotion finished?

New Challenges to Democratization brings together a variety of academics and writers from major think-tanks in the United States and Europe, and makes the book ideally suited to a wide international readership. This book will be of particular interest to students and scholars of democratization, comparative politics and international politics.

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About the author (2009)

Peter Burnell is Professor of Politics at the University of Warwick, UK, and was also founding Editor of the international journal Democratization.

Richard Youngs is Associate Professor at the University of Warwick, and Director of the Democratization programme at FRIDE in Madrid, Spain.

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