Democracy without Borders: Transnationalisation and by Jean Grugel

By Jean Grugel

This ebook carves out a brand new zone of democratisation stories by means of analysing the transnational size and the function of non kingdom actors throughout 3 diversified realms. Chapters utilise empirical facts from Europe, Africa and Latin the US.

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The role of democratic parties, therefore, is not merely to staff the institutions of democracy. It is also to aggregate and express popular aspirations. The establishment of effective party systems has been identified as an important marker on the road to consolidating democracy in parts of Latin America and East and Central Europe; the general absence of a system of competitive and ideological party systems in much of subSaharan Africa is regarded as an obstacle to its creation. All three regions, however, have at times seen political parties fail to play the democratic role assigned to them.

Transnational democratization networks thus promote more than one way of understanding democracy and in some cases external actors offer competing visions of what democracy should be. But how successful non-state transnational networks are depends in large measure on the reception of ideas about citizenship and the strength of their local partners on the ground. In other words, external non-state actors need conduits and partners inside the democratizing country in order to realize their vision.

Parties are subject to similar sets of constraints, especially when in office. At the same time, local social movements which have survived the initial transition period are easily dismantled and are essentially fragile as instruments of change and transformation. In other words, the activities of social organizations, even when transnationally connected, are bounded by very real limitations, including the power of states, limited financial and organizational resources, opposition and domestic conflicts.

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