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DemocratizationTheory and Experience$
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Laurence Whitehead

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780199253289

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199253285.001.0001

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On Comparing Democratization Processes

On Comparing Democratization Processes

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(p.186) 8 On Comparing Democratization Processes
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Democratization
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Laurence Whitehead (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199253285.003.0009

Opens with a brief consideration of some key questions of comparative method when applied to democratizations that are understood as long‐term, dynamic, and open‐ended processes. It then considers two alternative strategies of comparison that may be particularly appropriate for democratization studies. These are broad comparisons across large regions (such as continents) on the one hand and ‘paired’ national comparisons on the other.

Keywords:   comparative method, democratization studies, large regional comparisons, paired comparisons

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