On Theory and Experience in Democratization Studies

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 Theory and Experience in Democratization Studies

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This concluding chapter draws together the theoretical and methodological implications of viewing democratization as a long‐term, dynamic, and open‐ended process of social construction. This raises questions of teleology, of the overlap between democratization and other comparable processes such as nation‐building, and of narrative construction. The chapter also reviews a selection of critical topics and exemplary cases selected to demonstrate the two‐way interaction between theoretical considerations and specific experiences. Most of these examples raise doubts about the permanence and centrality of the state in theories of democratization.

Keywords: narrative construction; nation‐building; social construction; state theory; teology

Chapter.  13503 words. 

Subjects: Politics

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