Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Democracy in Small StatesPersisting Against All Odds$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Jack Corbett and Wouter Veenendaal

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198796718

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198796718.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2019. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 18 September 2019

Democratization and Geography

Democratization and Geography

Chapter:
(p.119) 6 Democratization and Geography
Source:
Democracy in Small States
Author(s):

Jack Corbett

Wouter Veenendaal

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198796718.003.0006

Chapter 6 problematizes the conflicting arguments that proximity to democratic neighbours and islandness strongly affect democratic development. First, even though small states are extremely susceptible to external and regional influences, the argument that democracy is caused by demonstration effects does not fit (partially) authoritarian small states in ‘democratic’ Europe (i.e. Liechtenstein and Monaco), but also not the fully democratic small states in ‘undemocratic’ Africa (i.e. Cape Verde and São Tomé and Príncipe). Second, while most small states are islands, insularity can pose formidable obstructions to democratic performance, especially in remote archipelagic states such as Comoros, Kiribati, Maldives, FSM, Marshall Islands, and Seychelles. Relations between islands united in one political unit are often strongly antagonistic, posing a threat to political stability and democracy. We conclude that the ways elites frame external influence is the key factor, with the discourse of vulnerability acting as a powerful means of obtaining internal acquiescence.

Keywords:   democratization, islandness, small states, regions, demonstration effects, political geography, archipelagos

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .