The Spirit of Democracy The Struggle to Build Free Societies Throughout the World

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2/3/2009
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

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"Meticulous . . . [Diamond] gleaned that . . . the fate of democracy was not driven by events but by the passion of individual people."The New York Times Book ReviewIn 1974, nearly three-quarters of all countries were dictatorships; today, more than half are democracies. Yet recent efforts to promote democracy have stumbled, and many democratic governments are faltering.In this sweeping vision for advancing freedom around the world, renowned social scientist Larry Diamond examines how and why democracy progresses. He demonstrates that the desire for democracy runs deep, even in very poor countries, and that seemingly entrenched regimes like Iran and China could become democracies within a generation. He also dissects the causes of the "democratic recession" in critical states, including the crime-infested oligarchy in Russia and the strong-armed populism of Venezuela.To spur a renewed democratic boom Diamond urges the United States to vigorously support good governance and free civic organizations. Only then will the spirit of democracy be secured.

Author Biography

Larry Diamond is the author of Squandered Victory and a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. He has served as the co-editor of the widely respected Journal of Democracy since its founding in 1990. He lives in Stanford, California.

Table of Contents

Introduction: At the Dawn of the Democratic Era
A World Partally Transformed
The Universal Valuep. 17
The Democratic Boomp. 39
The Democratic Recessionp. 56
What Drives Democracy: The Indernal Factorsp. 88
What Drives Democracy: The External Factorsp. 106
What Drives Democracy: The Regional Influencep. 135
What Sustains Democracyp. 153
The Prospects for Global Democracy
Latin America's Uneasy Progressp. 171
The Postcommunist Dividep. 190
The Asian Exception?p. 208
Africa, Overcoming Personal Rulep. 238
Can the Middle East Democratize?
The Path to Democratic Renewal
Making Democracies Workp. 291
Promoting Democracy Effectivelyp. 314
Physician, Heal Thyselfp. 345
Appendixp. 371
Notesp. 379
Acknowled gementsp. 429
Indexp. 433
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