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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.

States, Social Movement Challengers, and Elite Reformers
States, social movement challengers, and elite reformers

Why are political systems more democratic in certain countries at certain times and less so in other countries at other times? We may think of this very big question as containing a group of somewhat smaller, though still substantial, ...

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