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Dictators and Democrats: Masses, Elites, and Regime Change

Stephan Haggard and Robert R. Kaufman


From the 1980s through the first decade of the twenty-first century, the spread of democracy across the developing and postcommunist worlds transformed the global political landscape. What drove these changes and what determined whether the emerging democracies would stabilize or revert to authoritarian rule? This book takes a comprehensive look at the transitions to and from democracy in recent decades. Deploying both statistical and qualitative analysis, the book engages with theories of democratic change and advocates approaches that emphasize political and institutional factors. While ineq ... More

Keywords: democracy, inequality, democratic transitions, authoritarian regimes, elites, regime change, autocracy, institutions, collective action, mass mobilization

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780691172149
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691172149.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephan Haggard, author
University of California, San Diego

Robert R. Kaufman, author
Rutgers University

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