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Waves of Democracy looks at two centuries of history of democratization as a series of multicontinental episodes in which social movements and elite power holders in many countries converged to reorganize political systems. Democracy is defined and redefined in these episodes. John Markoff examines several ways in which governing elites of national states mimic each other and ways in which social movements and elites interact. There is no other book written for undergraduates that looks at democracy over such a broad sweep of time and across so many countries and cultures.

A Quick History of Modern Democracy
A quick history of modern democracy

For many social scientists, the 1960s and 1970s were decades of considerable doubt about the future of democratic institutions. The Soviet Union and its communist clients and allies seemed remarkably successful in repressing dissent and controlling opinion through state-run institutions. Most of Latin America ...

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