Anna Grzymala‐Busse and Pauline Jones Luong

in The Oxford Handbook of Political Economy

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9780199548477
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191577437 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Political Science


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This article discusses democratization, and looks specifically at its post-Communist implications. It draws upon the experience of post-Communist countries in order to show how structural preconditions allow elite action as much as they limit it. A review and contrast of the formal and informal approaches is provided, followed by a discussion of the post-Communist experience. The article concludes with an evaluation of the success of these approaches in explaining the variation in democratization outcomes.

Keywords: democratization; post-Communist implications; structural preconditions; elite action; approaches; democratization outcomes; variation; post-Communist experience

Article.  5916 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics ; Political Institutions

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