The Political Economy of Democratic Transitions

The Political Economy of Democratic Transitions

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In the last two decades, there has been a widespread movement from authoritarian to democratic rule among developing countries, often occurring against a backdrop of severe economic crises and the adoption of market-oriented reforms. The coincidence of these events raises long-standing questions about the relationship between economic and political change. In this book, Stephan Haggard and Robert Kaufman explore this relationship, addressing a variety of questions: What role have economic crises played in the current wave of political liberalization and democratization? Can new democracies manage the daunting political challenges posed by economic reform? Under what economic and institutional conditions is democracy most likely to be consolidated? Drawing on contemporary political economy and the experiences of twelve Latin American and Asian countries, they develop a new approach to understanding democratic transitions.Haggard and Kaufman first analyze the relationship between economic crisis and authoritarian withdrawal and then examine how the economic and institutional legacies of authoritarian rule affect the capacity of new democratic governments to initiate and sustain economic policy reform. Finally, the authors analyze the consolidation of political and economic reform over the long run. Throughout, they emphasize the relationship between economic conditions, the interests and power of contending social groups, and the mediating role of representative institutions, particularly political more

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  • Paperback | 376 pages
  • 162.56 x 231.14 x 30.48mm | 589.67g
  • Princeton University Press
  • New Jersey, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 1 line illustration, 33 tables
  • 0691027757
  • 9780691027753
  • 1,667,773

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"Haggard and Kaufman...bring a fresh perspective to the study of the political economy of democratic transitions by reminding us that institutional landscapes are important in determining policy preferences, choices, and outcomes in 'transition' societies."--Omar G. Encarnacion, Comparative Politicsshow more

Table of contents

List of Figures and TablesPreface and AcknowledgmentsIntroduction: The Political Economy of Democratic Transitions3Ch. 1The Political Economy of Authoritarian Withdrawals25Ch. 2Economic Crisis and Authoritarian Withdrawal45Ch. 3Surviving Crises, Withdrawing in Good Times75Ch. 4Comparing Authoritarian Withdrawals109Ch. 5Democratic Transitions and Economic Reform151Ch. 6New Democracies and Economic Crisis183Ch. 7Economic Management in Non-crisis Democracies228Ch. 8Economic and Political Reform in Dominant-Party Systems: Mexico and Taiwan267Ch. 9Economic Reform and Democratic Consolidation309Ch. 10Institutions, Democratic Consolidation, and Sustainable Growth335Conclusion: Comparing Democratic Transitions365Index381show more

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