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The catch-phrase “the third wave” has been widely used among scholars studying what is considered by some to be democratic transitions and democratization throughout much of the developing world.The phrase however, has come under criticism, largely by those who stress that so called democratic transitions are little more than transitions to semi-authoritarian rule, as demanded by the international realities of a post-cold war world.
The first paperback volume, Themes and Perspectives, addresses issues of institutional design, civil-military relations, civil society, and economic development. Linz, Guillermo O'Donnell, Adam Przeworski, Philippe C. The second paperback volume, Regional Challenges, focuses on developments in Southern Europe, Latin America, Russia, and East Asia, particularly Taiwan and China. Plattner, counselor at the National Endowment for Democracy, are codirectors of the International Forum for Democratic Studies.
To what extent do more established democracies in the developing world show signs of deconsolidation?
We will then proceed to consider a number of specific "facilitating and obstructing" factors for democratic consolidation.
Huntington has dubbed the "third wave" of democratization has seen more than 60 countries experience democratic transitions since 1974.
While these countries have succeeded in bringing down authoritarian regimes and replacing them with freely elected governments, few of them can as yet be considered stable democracies.