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Democracy and Democratization 2e: Processes and Prospects in a Changing World, Second Edition

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Author Name: Sorensen, Georg

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: Good

Type Book

Edition 2

Publisher Scarborough, ON, Canada HarperCollins Publishers Canada, Limited 1998

ISBN Number 081339984X / 9780813399843

Seller ID 029786

What is democracy? What are the pitfalls and the positive potentials in the growing trend toward democratization?This book examines the prospects for democracy in the world today and frames the central dilemma confronting all states touched by the process of democratization. Georg Sorensen clarifies the concept of democracy, shows its application in different contexts, and questions whether democratic advancement will continue--and if so, at what price. The consequences of democracy for economic development, human rights, and peaceful relations among countries are illuminated in both their positive and negative aspects.Following the success of the first edition of "Democracy and Democratization, " Sorensen has updated the book with a new section on the prospects of democracy as we approach the millennium, an extended discussion of the economic performance of recently democratized countries, and an evaluation of the possibilities for further democratic consolidation. The second edition features a wealth of new case studies, examples, and anecdotes to illustrate historical as well as contemporary instances of democratic transition.Democracy, as Sorensen convincingly portrays it, is a value in itself as well as a potential promoter of peace, prosperity, and human well-being. But democracy is not inevitable, and actions at every level--from the individual to the international--are necessary to ensure that frail or "frozen" democracies do not founder and that established democracies flourish.

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