Democratization: Perspectives from Global Citizenries

Doh Chull Shin

in The Oxford Handbook of Political Behavior

Published in print August 2007 | ISBN: 9780199270125
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:


 Democratization: Perspectives from Global Citizenries

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This article presents an analysis that highlights the regional differences in institutional and cultural dynamics, by comparing the reactions of citizens to democratic change across these regions. It explains the notion of democratization and also clarifies several key conceptual issues. It studies the evolution of the current wave of global democratization, which was popularized by Huntington as a third wave. How citizen involvement in democratic regime change has affected the survival and growth of new democracies is also examined. The article also presents comparisons of the levels of popular demands for and institutional supplies of democracy, and the breadth, strength, and depth of popular commitment to democracy.

Keywords: institutional dynamics; cultural dynamics; democratic change; democratization; citizen involvement; democratic regime change; popular demands; institutional supplies of democracy; popular commitment

Article.  10018 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Comparative Politics ; Political Institutions

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