This volume gathers essays by leading scholars and principals of regional public-opinion surveys, known as "barometers," which are making possible the first systematic, worldwide study of how citizens think about democracy and weigh it against other forms of government.
Originally published in the Journal of Democracy, the essays cover topics from Arab opinion about democracy to the nostalgia for authoritarianism found in East Asia. Other contributions shed light on the rise of populism in Latin America, and explain why postcommunist regimes in Europe have won broad public support. Additional chapters invite reflection on the role of ordinary people in democratization through the rise of "expressive" social values, and ask whether political or economic factors more decisively influence how people evaluate democracy in their own countries.
No serious student of democracy can afford to be without this book. It offers an original and comprehensive view of what citizens around the world think as democracy's global "third wave" prepares to enter its fourth and perhaps most challenging decade.
Contributors: Michael Bratton, Yu-tzung Chang, Yun-han Chu, Russell J. Dalton, Peter R. deSouza, Ronald Inglehart, Amaney Jamal, Willy Jou, Marta Lagos, Suhas Palshikar, Chong-Min Park, Richard Rose, Mitchell A. Seligson, Sandeep Shastri, Doh C. Shin, Mark Tessler, Christian Welzel, Yogendra Yadav
How People View Democracy is a scholarly and unbiased look at the power of the vote in today's world. Midwest Book Review 2009
|How People Understand Democracy||p. 1|
|The Role of Ordinary People in Democratization||p. 16|
|Public Opinion and Democratic Legitimacy||p. 31|
|Learning to Support New Regimes in Europe||p. 45|
|Latin America's Diversity of Views||p. 59|
|Authoritarian Nostalgia in Asia||p. 74|
|The Fragility of Support for Democracy in South Asia||p. 89|
|Formal versus Informal Institutions in Africa||p. 102|
|The "Alternation Effect" in Africa||p. 117|
|The Arab Aspiration for Democracy||p. 129|
|How Muslims in Central Asia View Democracy||p. 143|
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Series: A Journal of Democracy Book
For Ages: 18+ years old
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 1st October 2008
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.385