Democracy by Convergence: Southern Europe

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

 Democracy by Convergence: Southern Europe

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The modern political histories of Greece, Portugal, and Spain display a common theme of escape from an authoritarian rule. This lends support to an application of the ‘contagion’ theory of democratization outlined in the first chapter, by which the European Union is seen as having played a major role in promoting and generalizing a liberal–democratic pattern of values, fomenting desires in these three countries to emulate the Western European achievement, and encouraging convergence through integration.

Keywords: contagion; democratization; Greece; Portugal; southern Europe; Spain

Chapter.  9358 words. 

Subjects: Politics

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