From the award-winning team behind the International Encyclopaedia of Political Science... Moving beyond mainstream “traditional” approaches to bring you a new advanced-level introduction to political science. A perfect introduction for postgraduates who are new to political science, as well as upper-level undergraduates looking to broaden and deepen their understanding of core topics, this progressive account: • Guides you through all key areas of political science: origins, methodological foundations, key topics, and current issues • Takes an international and pluralist perspective with all issues explored in a comparative way related to different cultural and historical contexts • Includes pulled-out descriptions of major concepts, further reading and self-assessment questions at the end of each chapter.



Key terms

  • Accountability (electoral & inter-institutional)
  • Competition
  • Consolidation
  • Crisis
  • Democratic quality/ies
  • Freedom
  • Installation
  • Legitimacy
  • Participation
  • Regime change
  • Responsiveness
  • Rule of law
  • Socio-economic equality
  • Transition


As mentioned in the previous chapter, democratization has been the most important political phenomenon of recent decades on a global scale, at least since the political transformations in Portugal (1974–76), Greece (1974–75) and Spain (1976–77), in almost all the Latin American countries, later in the Eastern European countries after the fall of the Berlin Wall (1989), and in many African and Asian countries, ranging from South Africa to South Korea, Taiwan, and many others. As a result, democracy has now become the most common type of regime in the world. Which processes of change contributed to these developments? How can such transformations, of great significance above all for the lives of the populations in ...

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