The SAGE Handbook of Comparative Politics presents in one volume an authoritative overview of the theoretical, methodological, and substantive elements of comparative political science. The 28 specially commissioned chapters, written by renowned comparative scholars, guide the reader through the central issues and debates, presenting a state-of-the-art guide to the past, present, and possible futures of the field.

Changes in the Causes of Democratization Through Time

Changes in the causes of democratization through time


What do we now know about the causes of democratization that we did not know nearly 50 years ago when Seymour Martin Lipset (1959) wrote his famous article linking development with democracy? The answer is: surprisingly little. Indeed, some of the things we thought we knew decades ago have been challenged by recent research. Very fine minds have worked on explaining democratization. They have used multiple methodological tools, including in-depth case studies, small-N research designs comparing events in several countries, large-N statistical tests using sophisticated specifications and newly available data sets, economic models, and game theory. And yet, we have accumulated only a small store of knowledge about which most ...

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