The Legacy of Initial Regimes and Democratization in New States

  • Thomas Denk
  • Sarah Lehtinen
Part of the Challenges to Democracy in the 21st Century book series (CDC)


This chapter examines the stability and the long-term effects of initial regimes on democratization in the new states. Based on theoretical discussions about path-dependence and critical juncture, Denk and Lehtinen develop a core proposition about the effects of the initial regime on the level of democratization in new states. They expect the mode of initial regimes to be stable over time, but also that the effects of initial regime on democratization in new state decrease with the length of independence. The chapter tests this expectation and the results provide empirical support for the core proposition, showing that initial regimes are stable and have long-term effects on democratization in new states that decrease slowly with time.


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  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceÖrebro UniversityÖrebroSweden
  2. 2.The Swedish National Council for Crime PreventionStockholmSweden

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