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- DescriptionThe most recent wave of democratic revolutions has convinced many in the West of the triumph of political rights. But in this provocative book, Brian Grodsky argues forcefully that thing could be further from the truth. Today's revolutionaries-both democratic and n-democratic-are much like those who preceded them throughout history. They've all come into power promising enhanced political, but especially ecomic, rights: higher wages, better living standards, more security. The difference between today's pro-democracy leaders and yesterday's n-democratic ones, the author demonstrates, rests on the perceived international legitimacy of the democratic template. Now, when even the most abusive regimes feel the need to label themselves democracies, opponents delegitimize rulers by calling them undemocratic. This sets the stage for what Grodsky calls the democratization disconnect. Leaders and followers fight for political change t as an end, but as the most acceptable means to attain ecomic rights. But by selling democracy as a panacea for the ills of the preceding regime, new elites simultaneously cheapen the tion of democracy and, by creating unrealistic popular expectations, set it up for failure. Putting a fresh new spin on hotly debated current events, this clear-eyed and informed book will be essential reading for all politically engaged readers.
- Author BiographyBrian Grodsky, a former U.S. diplomat and journalist, is associate professor of political science at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. His books include Social Movements and the New State and The Costs of Justice. His interests include democratization, human rights, transitional justice, global civil society, social movements, and U.S. foreign policy. He has conducted research in most of the countries covered in this book, including Russia, Poland, South Africa, Georgia, Serbia, and the United States.
- Author(s)Brian Grodsky
- PublisherRowman & Littlefield
- Date of Publication25/08/2016
- SubjectGovernment & Constitution
- Place of PublicationLanham, MD
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintRowman & Littlefield Publishers
- Weight526 g
- Width158 mm
- Height235 mm
- Spine21 mm
- Format DetailsWith dust jacket
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