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Democratization through the looking glass


Burnell, Peter (ed.)

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Abstract Democratization is a major political phenomenon of the current age. Democratization through the looking glass argues that our perspectives on democratization reflect the intellectual origins of the inquiry. How we see and understand it are influenced by what we 'bring to the table'. By considering democratization across a range of disciplines from anthropology and economics, to sociology, law and area studies, this volume offers a rich combination of analytical frameworks, distinctive insights and leading points of concern. On one level the book provides anyone interested in democratization with a wide-ranging distillation of the main themes, issues, and topics, concisely written by leading experts in their field. On a second level the book advances the case for a broadly-based comparative study which includes Europe and North America alongside developing regions, while maintaining the belief that a multi-disciplinary approach enhances our understanding of democratization far more than that of a narrow political science view. The book is aimed at students of politics willing to explore the boundaries of their subject and all social scientists who need an introduction to this important contemporary phenomenon. Table of contents: Anthropology / JEREMY GOULD Economics / TONY ADDISON Gender Studies / SHIRIN M. RAI History / PETER CALVERT International Political Economy / PHILIP CERNY Law / JOHN MCELDOWNEY Sociology / GEOFFREY WOOD Africa / ROGER SOUTHALL Central and eastern Europe / PAUL G. LEWIS East Asia / SHAUN BRESLIN The European Union / ALEX WARLEIGH Latin America / GEORGE PHILIP South Asia / GURHARPAL SINGH The United States / FRANCISCO E. GONZÁLEZ AND DESMOND KING
Keywords democratization; interdisciplinarity; comparative research; historical development; conception of democracy; political science; interdisciplinary research; social science
Classification Basic Research, General Concepts and History of Political Science
Document language English
Publication Year 2003
Publisher Manchester Univ. Press
City Manchester
Page/Pages 294 p.
Series Perspectives of democratization
ISBN 0-7190-6243-8
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works