On Comparing Democratization Processes

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 Comparing Democratization Processes

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Opens with a brief consideration of some key questions of comparative method when applied to democratizations that are understood as long‐term, dynamic, and open‐ended processes. It then considers two alternative strategies of comparison that may be particularly appropriate for democratization studies. These are broad comparisons across large regions (such as continents) on the one hand and ‘paired’ national comparisons on the other.

Keywords: comparative method; democratization studies; large regional comparisons; paired comparisons

Chapter.  10749 words. 

Subjects: Politics

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