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The SAGE Handbook of Political Science presents a major retrospective and prospective overview of the discipline. Comprising three volumes of contributions from expert authors from around the world, the handbook aims to frame, assess and synthesize research in the field, helping to define and identify its current and future developments. It does so from a truly global and cross-area perspective. Chapters cover a broad range of aspects, from providing a general introduction to exploring important subfields within the discipline. Each chapter is designed to provide a state-of-the-art and comprehensive overview of the topic by incorporating cross-cutting global, interdisciplinary, and, where this applies, gender perspectives. The Handbook is arranged over seven core thematic sections: Part 1: Political Theory; Part 2: Methods; Part 3: Political Sociology; Part ...

Outcomes after Democratic Transitions in Third-Wave Democracies*
Outcomes after democratic transitions in third wave democracies
Scott Mainwaring Fernando Bizzarro

This paper offers a comprehensive analysis of the outcomes of all 104 democratic transitions starting with the Greek case in 1974 until 2012.1 We look at the long-term regime outcomes of the transitions in the third wave of democratization. We chart where democracy broke down, stagnated, advanced, and eroded, and indicate the background conditions associated with democratic deepening and breakdown. Without considering this full range of outcomes, it is impossible to fully grasp the achievements and the disappointments of the third wave.

Despite broad interest in global patterns of democratization, scholars have not yet systematically tracked the fortunes of ...

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