Three International Dimensions of Democratization

Laurence Whitehead

in The International Dimensions of Democratization

Second edition

Published in print June 2001 | ISBN: 9780199243754
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600333 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Democratization

 Three International Dimensions of Democratization

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Sets out and elaborates three main headings under which international developments regarding democratization can be grouped and analysed—contagion, control, and consent. The ‘contagion’ heading refers to mere geographical proximity, whereby democratization in one country encourages or facilitates democratization in a neighbouring country, carrying no implications to mode or content of transmission. The ‘control’ heading involves policy direction by an external third‐party power, and accounts in a more satisfactory manner for variations in speed, direction, limits, and mechanisms of transmission. The ‘consent’ heading adds the essential ingredient of the democratization process, namely, the complex set of internal, social, and political factors, which promote receptivity towards the democratization agenda, and recognizes that democratization within a country cannot convincingly be wholly ascribed to external agency.

Keywords: consent; contagion; control; democratization

Chapter.  9267 words. 

Subjects: Politics

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