The Drama of Democratic Transitions

Laurence Whitehead

in Democratization

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

Series: Oxford Studies in Democratization

The Drama of Democratic Transitions

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Proposes an interpretative framework for the comparison of democratic transitions. It argues that the complex dynamics, shifting agendas, and multiple interactions that characterize all such processes can be integrated and brought into focus by the construction of an analogy with theatre and drama. Every democratic transition obeys the logic of a public dramatic performance. The chapter also revisits the origins of democracy to confirm the robustness of this analogy with drama.

Keywords: democracy; drama; metaphor; theatrical analogy; transitions

Chapter.  12405 words. 

Subjects: Politics

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