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Second Edition

Edited by Christian W. Haerpfer, Patrick Bernhagen, Christian Welzel, and Ronald F. Inglehart

21 December 2018

ISBN: 9780198732280

520 pages

In Stock

Price: £44.99

The most comprehensive and authoritative textbook on democratization.


Democratization is the most comprehensive volume on this critical field of contemporary politics, with insightful coverage of all the key theories, actors, dynamics, and developments. Unrivalled in its up-to-date empirical material and range of expert contributors, this text is an invaluable resource to all students of democratization.

  • This leading textbook reflects recent developments in world politics, and is the only textbook on democratization to cover developments since the Arab Spring and Eurozone crisis, as well as current trends towards autocratization.
  • The text offers wide-ranging coverage of the theories, history, causes, dimensions, and actors in democratization, alongside extensive empirical examples from around the world.
  • An expert line-up of leading scholars from diverse international backgrounds brings together perspectives from some of the best-known names in the field.
  • This text is accompanied by additional online resources designed to take students' learning further.

New to this edition

  • A new chapter on social media highlights this important new dynamic in democratization.
  • New chapters on Post-Communist Europe and the Post-Soviet Space demonstrate the significant changes in these regions in recent years underline the distinct dynamics and trajectories of post-communist development.
  • Updates reflect the dramatic developments in world politics since the publication of the first edition, including the aftermath of the Arab Spring, and autocratizing tendencies in various regions of the world.
  • Increased coverage of resilient authoritarianism highlights this key area of contemporary debate.
  • An expanded glossary helps students to develop their technical vocabulary in this complex field of study.

About the Author(s)

Edited by Christian W. Haerpfer, United Arab Emirates University, Patrick Bernhagen, University of Stuttgart, Christian Welzel, Leuphana University of Lüneburg and National Research University - Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia, and Ronald F. Inglehart, University of Michigan

Christian W. Haerpfer is Full Professor of Sociology at the United Arab Emirates University - UAEU, Director of the Insitute for Comparative Survey Research - Eurasia Barometer in Vienna, and President of the World Values Survey Association.

Patrick Bernhagen is Professor of Comparative Politics at the University of Stuttgart.

Christian Welzel is Professor for Political Culture Research at Leuphana University of Lüneburg and President Emeritus of the World Values Survey Association, and is affiliated with National Research University - Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia.

Ronald F. Inglehart is Professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan and Founding President of the World Values Survey Association.

Table of Contents

    1.:Introduction, Christian Welzel, Ronald Inglehart, Patrick Bernhangen, and Christian W. Haerpfer
    Part One: Theoretical and Historical Perspectives
    2:Theories of Democratization, Christian Welzel
    3:Democratic and Undemocratic States, Richard Rose
    4:Measuring Democracy and Democratization, Patrick Bernhagen
    5:Long Waves and Conjunctures of Democratization, Dirk Berg-Schlosser
    6:The Global Wave of Democratization, John Markoff and Daniel Burridge
    Part Two: Causes and Dimensions of Democratization
    7:The International Context, Hakan Yilmaz
    8:The Political Economy of Democracy, Patrick Bernhagen
    9:Political Culture, Mass Beliefs and Value Change, Christian Welzel and Ronald F. Inglehart
    10:Gender and Democratization, Pamela Paxton and Kris Velasco
    11:Social Capital and Civil Society, Natalia Letki
    12:Social Movements and Contention in Democratization Processes, Federico M. Rossi and Donatella della Porta
    Part Three: Actors and Institutions
    13:Conventional Citizen Participation, Ian McAllister and Stephen White
    14:Political Parties, Leonardo Morlino
    15:Institutional Design in New Democracies, Matthijs Bogaards
    16:The Media, Katrin Voltmer and Gary Rawnsley
    17:Social Media, Larry Diamond and Zak Whittington
    18:A Decade of Democratic Decline and Stagnation, Laura Jakli, M. Steven Fish, and Jason Wittenburg
    Part Four: Regions of Democratization
    19:Southern Europe, Richard Gunther
    20:Latin America, Andrea Oelsner and Mervyn Bain
    21:Post-Communist Central and Eastern Europe Europe, Christian W. Haerpfer and Kseniya Kizilova
    22:Post-Soviet Eurasia, Christian W. Haerpfer and Kseniya Kizilova
    23:The Middle East and North Africa, Francesco Cavatorta
    24:Sub-Saharan Africa, Michael Bratton
    25:East Asia, Doh Chull Shin and Rollin F. Tusalem
    Part 5: Conclusions and Outlook
    26:Conclusions: The Future of Democratization, Christian Welzel, Ronald F. Inglehart, Patrick Bernhagen, and Christian Haerpfer


"An important and brilliant book which will be essential reading for students and scholars of democracy and democratization." - Yosef Kamal Ibssa, University of Copenhagen

"Review from previous edition Authoritative, clearly written, and well integrated, this book will be an invaluable resource to students at all levels, from undergraduates to practicing scholars in related fields and disciplines." - Sarah Birch, University of Essex

"The book is the new Bible of democratization research, offering an intellectual adventure for both scholars of democratization studies in their further research, and university students eager to learn about the current practices of democratizing states." - Attila Agh, Budapest Corvinus University

Additional Resources

For students:
- Revise key terms and test your knowledge of terminology from the book with our digital flashcard glossary.
- Expand your knowledge of key developments in world affairs with additional case studies.
- Take your learning further with links to reliable web content and relevant OUP journals.

For registered adopters of the textbook:
- Guide class debate with suggested seminar questions and activities.
- Adapt PowerPoint(R) slides as a basis for lecture presentations, or use as handouts in class.