Rose, Richard and Mishler, William and Haerpfer, Christian (1998) Democracy and its alternatives : understanding post-communist societies. Polity Press, Oxford. ISBN 0801860385Full text not available in this repository.
The collapse of Communism has created the opportunity for democracy to spread from Prague to the Baltic and Black Seas. But the alternatives—dictatorship or totalitarian rule—are more in keeping with the traditions of Central Europe. And for many post-Communist societies, democracy has come to be associated with inflation, unemployment, crime, and corruption. Is it still true, then, as Winston Churchill suggested a half-century ago, that people will accept democracy with all its faults—because it is better than anything else? To find out, political scientists Richard Rose, William Mishler, and Christian Haerpfer examine evidence from post-Communist societies in eastern Europe. Drawing on data from public opinion and exit polls, election results, and interviews, the authors present testable hypotheses regarding regime change, consolidation, and prospects for stabilization. The authors point out that the abrupt transition to democracy in post-Communist countries is normal; gradual evolution in the Anglo-American way is the exception to the rule.
|Keywords:||democracy, communism, society, political behaviour, Political theory|
|Subjects:||Political Science > Political theory|
|Department:||Faculty of Humanities And Social Sciences > Politics|
|Depositing user:||Pure Administrator|
|Date Deposited:||28 Apr 2012 05:25|
|Last modified:||28 Apr 2012 05:25|
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