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Paths toward Democracy : The Working Class and Elites in Western Europe and South America - Ruth Berins Collier

Paths toward Democracy

The Working Class and Elites in Western Europe and South America

Hardcover Published: 13th September 1999
ISBN: 9780521643696
Number Of Pages: 244

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The question of whether democratization is an elite-led process from above or a popular triumph from below continues to be an area of contention among political scientists. Examining the experiences of countries that have provided the main empirical base for recent theorizing, namely, Western Europe and South America, this book delineates a more complex and varied set of patterns. The volume explores democratization through a comparative analysis that examines the role of labor in relation to elite strategies in both contemporary and historical perspectives.

"Ruth Collier has written an important contribution to the literatures on democracy and on labor, one that should reorient much discussion and work on democratization...The major contribution of this superb book rests in part on its sheer empirical scope...a lasting contribution of this book should be a heightened awareness of labor's role and an intellectual commitment to use that as a basis for systematically conceptualizing the road to democracy." American Political Science Review "...ambitious comparative analysis...highly sophisticated theoretical book... this is an imperessive, empirical, methodological, and theoretical addition to the comparative literature on democratization... [it] will prove to be a lasting addition to the field." Sebastian Royo, New Political Science

List of Figures and Tablesp. x
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introduction: Elite Conquest or Working-Class Triumph?p. 1
Elite-Led Reform in Early Democratizationp. 33
Political Calculations and Socialist Partiesp. 77
Labor Action in Recent Democratizationp. 110
Comparing the Patterns: The Working Class and Democratizationp. 166
Bibliographyp. 199
Indexp. 223
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ISBN: 9780521643696
ISBN-10: 0521643694
Series: Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 244
Published: 13th September 1999
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.53