Globalization and Democracy

  • Kathleen C. SchwartzmanEmail author
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Democracy is one of several political forms that link civil society and the state. This essay focuses on the role of global dynamics in the emergence of democratic regimes. Conceptualizing globalization in historical terms offers the possibility of describing democratic transitions including those from: monarchies, oligarchies, fascism, bureaucratic authoritarianism, colonialism, and socialism. This far from exhausts the scholarship on democracy, but due to space constraints, this essay excludes work on democratic collapses and coup d’états, as well as extensions of rights and franchise to citizens previously excluded on the basis of property restrictions, race, or sex. Likewise, the myriad “types/definitions/measurements” of democracy are omitted. In...


Authoritarian Regime Democratic Transition Political Form Territorial Expansion African Coloni 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Sociology and Center for Latin American StudiesThe University of ArizonaTucsonUSA