The Challenges of Democratic Consolidation in Portugal: Political, Economic, and Military Issues, 1976-1991

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 1996 - Political Science - 103 pages
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This study examines the process of democratic political consolidation as seen in Portugal. It considers how, by solving problems and fulfilling expectations, Portugal's relatively new democratic regime has improved its chances for long-term durability. As Maravall has suggested, once democracies are re-established after a period of dictatorial rule, new problems emerge: the efficiency of the new political system, not just its legitimacy, becomes the main issue. In the case of Portugal, the government has been strengthened by dealing successfully with several different sets of problems. The author analyzes these problems and this process by dividing Portugal's consolidation period into three recognizable intervals, during which the new regime has had to simultaneously confront political, economic, and military challenges. Scholars in comparative politics and government will find this a useful study of democratic development.


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The Challenges and the Players of the Portuguese Democratic Consolidation
The Consolidations First Period Political and Economic Instability 19761979
The Consolidations Second Period The National Assembly Resolves the Military Challenge 19791983
The Consolidations Third Period The National Assembly Realizes Political Stability and Economic Growth 19831991
Summary and Conclusion The Challenges of Democratic Consolidation in Portugal

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PAUL CHRISTOPHER MANUEL is Assistant Professor and Chair in the Department of Politics at St. Anselm College in New Hampshire. He holds degrees from Georgetown University and Boston University.

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