Developing Democracies: Democracy, Democratization, and Development edited by Michael Böss, Jørgen Møller & Svend-Erik Skaaning, is #4 in the MatchPoints series of academic titles in the Social Sciences and Cultural Studies realms, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Aarhus University Press in Denmark.
This is a collection of academic essays on the subject of the development and sustainability of democracy, covering topics from the historical formations in post-Revolutionary France to the modern-day situations in the Middle East, as well as challenges facing modern Western democracies. Offered through the month of June, available worldwide DRM-free.
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The Middle East captured front pages worldwide for the alleged Arab Spring in 2011. Large segments of the populations of Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, and Syria took to the streets to voice their protest against autocratic regimes and to demand democracy. Violent uprisings followed, but the prospects of liberal democracy are still uncertain and distant. No wonder. Democratization took a couple of centuries in the West. And even today, well-established Western democracies are under pressure from globalization and regionalization, and many claim representative democracy is in need of renewal.
This collection of essays focuses on a number of theoretical issues associated with democracy and democratization. Divided into three parts, the first part analyzes how democracy may be understood, explained and measured. The second part deals with issues of democracy, international stability, and development in fragile and developmental states and regions. The third part of the book looks at representative democracy in old democracies and its potential for development.