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The `Comparative Revolution' and the Transition in Central and Southern Europe

Attila à Gh

Journal of Theoretical Politics, 1993, vol. 5, issue 2, 231-252

Abstract: The Latin American, South European and, later, the Central and East European democratic transitions have led to a `revolution' in comparative politics. Instead of the polar notions of democracy and dictatorship, different types of `transitions' have emerged and democracy has appeared also as a function of the world-system. The paper suggests that there are four scenarios for Central and East European democratic transitions in their international context: (1) Sleeping Beauty (easy westernization); (2) Deepfreeze (return to the past); (3) Latin Americanization (falling back to the Third World); and (4) Fair Weather (Central Europe joins the European integration).

Keywords: democratic transition; European integration; linkage politics; Central and Eastern Europe (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 1993
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