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The Political Economy of Democratic Transitions : Princeton Paperbacks - Stephan Haggard

The Political Economy of Democratic Transitions

Princeton Paperbacks

Paperback Published: 10th September 1995
ISBN: 9780691027753
Number Of Pages: 376

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In the last two decades, there has been a widespread movement from authoritarian to democratic rule among developing countries, often occurring against a backdrop of severe economic crises and the adoption of market-oriented reforms. The coincidence of these events raises long-standing questions about the relationship between economic and political change. In this book, Stephan Haggard and Robert Kaufman explore this relationship, addressing a variety of questions: What role have economic crises played in the current wave of political liberalization and democratization? Can new democracies manage the daunting political challenges posed by economic reform? Under what economic and institutional conditions is democracy most likely to be consolidated? Drawing on contemporary political economy and the experiences of twelve Latin American and Asian countries, they develop a new approach to understanding democratic transitions.

Haggard and Kaufman first analyze the relationship between economic crisis and authoritarian withdrawal and then examine how the economic and institutional legacies of authoritarian rule affect the capacity of new democratic governments to initiate and sustain economic policy reform. Finally, the authors analyze the consolidation of political and economic reform over the long run. Throughout, they emphasize the relationship between economic conditions, the interests and power of contending social groups, and the mediating role of representative institutions, particularly political parties.

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"Haggard and Kaufman...bring a fresh perspective to the study of the political economy of democratic transitions by reminding us that institutional landscapes are important in determining policy preferences, choices, and outcomes in 'transition' societies."--Omar G. Encarnacion, Comparative Politics

List of Figures and Tables
Preface and Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Political Economy of Democratic Transitionsp. 3
The Political Economy of Authoritarian Withdrawalsp. 25
Economic Crisis and Authoritarian Withdrawalp. 45
Surviving Crises, Withdrawing in Good Timesp. 75
Comparing Authoritarian Withdrawalsp. 109
Democratic Transitions and Economic Reformp. 151
New Democracies and Economic Crisisp. 183
Economic Management in Non-crisis Democraciesp. 228
Economic and Political Reform in Dominant-Party Systems: Mexico and Taiwanp. 267
Economic Reform and Democratic Consolidationp. 309
Institutions, Democratic Consolidation, and Sustainable Growthp. 335
Conclusion: Comparing Democratic Transitionsp. 365
Indexp. 381
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ISBN: 9780691027753
ISBN-10: 0691027757
Series: Princeton Paperbacks
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 376
Published: 10th September 1995
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 15.88  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.59