The recent wave of democratization which has swept over political regimes across the globe has been heralded as a triumph for the peoples of those countries. Democratization is perceived to mean an end to arbitrary rule and the supremacy of the rule of law, and it carries with it such heady connotations as freedom, justice, and peace, together with the hope of respect for human rights and a better life for all. Of all the imagery associated with democratization it is the sight of citizens placing their votes in the box which excites the imagination most - the vision on our television screens of black South Africans queuing at the polling stations, for instance, was for many democrats a thrilling and inspiring sight.


Political Party Social Movement Political Culture Democratic Regime Participatory Model 
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© Lucy Taylor 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of International PoliticsUniversity of WalesAberystwythUSA

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