Democratic Consolidation: A Reassessment

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Democratic Consolidation: A Reassessment

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dc.contributor.advisor O'Leary, James P en_US
dc.contributor.author Greene, Samuel Richard en_US
dc.contributor.other Thies, Wallace J en_US
dc.contributor.other Darnton, Christopher en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2012-11-01T17:08:14Z
dc.date.available 2012-11-01T17:08:14Z
dc.date.created 2012 en_US
dc.date.issued 2012-11-01
dc.identifier.other Greene_cua_0043A_10364 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1961/13182
dc.description Degree awarded: Ph.D. Politics. The Catholic University of America en_US
dc.description This dissertation can be viewed by CUA users only. en_US
dc.description.abstract This dissertation contributes to scholarly understanding of the causes of democratic consolidation in new democracies in the developing world by testing the causal relationship between democratic elections and consolidation in the developing world. First, I show that despite numerous approaches to the study of consolidation, a requirement that a state to meet institutional standards to be considered consolidated is acceptable to the sub-field's diverse foundational literature. Respect for democratic institutions by all key actors and institutional credibility in performance of state functions are hallmarks of a secure democracy that faithfully represent the sub-field's foundations.I then use this formulation of institutional standards to examine key cases of consolidation in new democracies, using careful study of crucial cases to test competing theories of the causal role of elections in the consolidation of new democracies. Heterodox theories of consolidation have become increasingly influential in the study of democratization. Such theories content that a causal link exists between either a single founding election or a series of elections and a state's attainment of democratic consolidation. By contrast, formally mainstream theories argue that conditions such as economic development, social modernization, civil society, and past democratic experience serve as drivers of consolidation.My study of new democracies in Central America and Africa shows that key cases in both regions fail to behave as heterodox theories predict. Institutional flaws remain in place after both initial elections and a cycle of successful elections. Absent the conditions of economic development or auspicious social conditions, initial elections failed to produce significant movement toward consolidation, while a cycle of subsequent elections did not drive consolidation. My case studies thus support the more traditional understanding of consolidation as a lengthy process. In key examples of democratization in the developing world, elections did not serve as the causal driver of consolidation. en_US
dc.format.extent 303 p. en_US
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf en_US
dc.publisher The Catholic University of America en_US
dc.subject Political Science en_US
dc.subject.other Central America en_US
dc.subject.other Democratic Consolidation en_US
dc.subject.other Democratization en_US
dc.subject.other Sub-Saharan Africa en_US
dc.title Democratic Consolidation: A Reassessment en_US
dc.type Text en_US
dc.type Dissertation en_US


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