Between States

Between States : Interim Governments in Democratic Transitions

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Between States is the first book that assesses systematically the broad implications of interim governments in the establishment of democratic regimes and on the existence of states. Based on historical and contemporary democratisation experiences, the book presents four ideal types of interim government: opposition-led provisional governments, power-sharing interim governments, incumbent-led caretaker governments, and international interim government by the United Nations. The first part explores the theoretical problems of each of these models from a broad comparative perspective. It uses as illustrations historical and contemporary cases that present a wide spectrum of contexts for comparison. The second part provides extensive case studies that are intended to illustrate, appraise, amplify and criticise the analysis in volume one. These include Iran, East Germany, Portugal, Afghanistan, and Yugoslavia.
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"In this major contribution to the study of regime transition, Shain and Linz differentiate in extraordinarily suggestive ways among various types of interim government. The reader is continuously struck by the authors' breadth of knowledge and their frequent subtle insights into political life. Between States is a major contribution to what we know--and how we think abou;t--the challenge of regime transition." Robert Fishman, University of Notre Dame "This book is an important and unique contribution to the literature on democratization and, more broadly, regime change. By undertaking comparative analyses of the roles played by interim governments, Shain, Linz and their collaborators fill an important void in our knowledge of this sometimes crucial step in processes of political change." Richard Gunther, Ohio State University
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Part I. Theory: Introduction; 1. Provisional governments: revolutionaries and moderates; 2. The power-sharing model; 3. The caretaker government formula; 4. The international interim government model revisited Yossi Shain and Lynn Berat; 5. The timing and nature of first democratic elections; Part II. Case Studies: 7. The provisional government and the transition from monarchy to Islamic Republic in Iran H. E. Chehabi; 8. From revolution to democracy in Portugal: the roles and stages of the provisional governments Thomas C. Bruneau; 9. Accelerating collapse: the East German road from liberalization to power sharing and its legacy Daniel V. Friedheim; 10. Interim government and democratic consolidation: Argentina in comparative perspective James McGuire; 11. The failure of an internationally-sponsored interim government in AfghanistanBarnett R. Rubin; 12. Electoral transitions in Yugoslavia Paula Franklin Lytle; 13. Democratization and the international system: the foreign policies of interim governments Allison Stanger.
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