Students of political democratization have employed the notion of “democratic consolidation” in unclear and inconsistent ways. The article reconstructs and. Much of the literature on ‘democratic consolidation’ has adopted a forward‐ looking, future‐oriented perspective. Rather than studying past regimes, it tries to . Andreas Schedler, who is currently attached to the Facultad Latinoamericana de possibly most, students of democratic consolidation are studying today’s.
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Jump to Other Articles: Consolidation of new democracies requires strong political institutions, horizontal as well as vertical accountability, the rule of law, a vibrant civil society, and improved economic performance, which all generate legitimacy for the regime. Schedler and Munck and Verkuilen discuss issues related to the conceptualization of democracy and the measurement of consolidation.
Please subscribe or login. It varies schevler to the contexts and the goals cinsolidation have in mind. The Sources of Democratic Consolidation. Although Diamond rejects theories that privilege preconditions the success of consolidation, he also suggests that consolidation may take many different paths.
Democratization in the Late Twentieth Century. Contact Contact Us Help. The most widely accepted criteria for identi-fying a country as democratic have been put forward by Scheler Dahl—civil and political rights plus fair, competitive, and inclusive elections. Book titles OR Journal titles.
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Ithaca, NY, and London: General Overviews Just as many different types schelder authoritarian regimes and paths of transition exist, so do many roads to consolidation. He pushes this argument further by proposing that imperfect democracies that are not fully and formally institutionalized can also endure. This article concludes with an overview of literature on deconsolidation, which challenges the notion that democratic consolidation is irreversible.
This article offers a systemic assessment existing data sets of democracy used in large- N analysis and evaluates three challenges that researchers face in their construction: Instead, the authors suggest that consolidation is a process of stabilization, routinization, and institutionalization of patterns of political behavior.
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Johns Hopkins University Press, Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide. View freely available titles: A democracy becomes consolidated—that is, it is expected to endure—when political actors accept the legitimacy of democracy and no actor seeks to act outside democratic institutions for both normative and self-interested reasons.
What is Democratic Consolidation? This leads the author to a somewhat self-evident conclusion that democracies endure when political actors behave democratically. Publications Pages Publications Pages. Although he acknowledges that individual choices are conditioned by context-specific issues, Alexander makes the argument that elites democrattic choose democracy and often do so for self-interested reasons. Time is an especially important component of dmocratic empirical works that seek to explain regime endurance.
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The way in which to measure and define consolidation, therefore, is debated by scholars in the field. He supports this conclusion with demofratic of crisis management in Latin America. Huntington argues that a reversal of transition is less likely and consolidation of democracy is more likely to take place in more economically developed states that transitioned peacefully cohsolidation early in the wave, have previous experience with democracy, and have the support of international actors.
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It has come to include such divergent items as popular legitimation, the diffusion of democratic values, the neutralization of antisystem actors, civilian supremacy over the military, the [End Page 91] elimination of authoritarian enclaves, party building, the organization of functional interests, the stabilization of electoral rules, the routinization of politics, the decentralization of state power, the introduction of mechanisms of direct democracy, judicial reform, the alleviation of poverty, and economic stabilization.
Export Citations Print Email Share. If you would like to authenticate using a different subscribed institution that supports Shibboleth authentication democratlc have your own login and password to Project MUSE, click ‘Authenticate’. Premised on the idea that beliefs about political outcomes generated by a regime are important in determining whether democracy is consolidated, the author takes a rational-choice approach to examine the strategy of elite actors on the right side of the political spectrum in five European states.
“What Is Democratic Consolidation?” by Andreas Schedler
These imperfect democracies can endure despite the lack of a close fit between formal rules and political behavior. Schedler suggests that behavioral evidence is superior to attitudinal and economic evidence because it is more proximate to the phenomenon of interest: Users without a subscription are not able to see remocratic full content on this page.
Introduction A democracy becomes consolidated—that is, it is expected to endure—when political actors accept the legitimacy of sschedler and no actor seeks to act outside democratic institutions for both normative and self-interested reasons.
This article focuses on the institutional, economic, social, and international causes of democratic consolidation as distinct from democratization.
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On the other hand, equating consolidation with endurance may strike some scholars and students as a descriptive tautology; consolidated democracies are those that survive, and surviving democracies are those that are consolidated.
Schmitter and Karl echoes this view and further stresses that consolidated democracies will not be able, nor should be expected, to solve all sociopolitical problems. Moving away from arguments about preconditions, Alexander presents a theory of consolidation abdreas on the strategic choices of political elites. Just as many different types of authoritarian regimes and paths of transition exist, so do many roads to consolidation.
Others argue that consolidation is the result of deliberate choices made by political actors. Some of the authors cited in this section view democratic consolidation as a gradual process of overcoming the problems left by the previous authoritarian regime. Project MUSE Mission Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and conslidation worldwide.
In the immediate aftermath of all these democratic transitions, pressing concerns have quickly arisen about how to strengthen and stabilize these new regimes.
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