On ‘Democracy’ and ‘Democratization’

Laurence Whitehead

in Democratization

Published in print July 2002 | ISBN: 9780199253289
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600326 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Democratization

On ‘Democracy’ and ‘Democratization’

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Discusses these two key terms and the linkages between them, as they bear on contemporary experience. The key conclusions are that we need a ‘floating but anchored’ conception of democracy and that democratization is best understood as a long‐term process of social construction. The chapter draws attention to the normative, transformative, and persuasive components of democratization, and to its reflexive and self‐directing characteristics.

Keywords: democracy; democratization; normative theory; social construction

Chapter.  12523 words. 

Subjects: Politics

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