Comparative Democratization and Peaceful Change in Single-Party-Dominant Countries

  • Editors
  • Marco Rimanelli

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-v
  2. Introduction

    1. Marco Rimanelli
      Pages 1-22
  3. Single-Party-Dominant Systems and Western Pluralist Democracies

  4. Pluralist Democratization in Ex-Marxist Régimes

  5. Democratization Among Third World Single-Party-Systems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 289-289
    2. Waltraud Q. Morales, Corinne B. Young
      Pages 291-308
    3. Charles W. Arnade, Keith Tankard
      Pages 379-403
    4. Festus Ugboaja Ohaegbulam
      Pages 405-440
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 441-454

About this book


One of the more positive international trends as of late has been the transformation of several countries from authoritarian-based dictatorships and single party systems into multi-party democracies characterized by peaceful political transitions. In this volume, a group of experts are gathered to analyse this progression on a comparative level. The scholars examine previously right-wing regimes in Brazil, Argentina, and South Africa, former Communist states in Russia, Poland, Hungary, and Czechoslovakia, and single party-dominant democracies in Italy, Japan, Mexico, and Israel. The essays reveal how the dramatic collapse of the USSR functioned as a crucial catalyst in allowing pent-up domestic pressures for change to emerge in a less charged international environment. In addition, the chapters study the historical and current evolution of these countries, focusing on their success in developing long-term pluralistic structures, and gauging whether these recent trends are more overnight fads than long lasting advancements.


communism corruption democracy democratization dictatorship Israel pluralism revolution transformation

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