Babel in Democratization Studies

Issue Date October 2005
Volume 16
Issue 4
Page Numbers 113-128
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With democracy becoming the global norm, the field of democratization studies has boomed in the last quarter of a century. While early research focused on transitions, over time scholars have begun to pay closer attention to the performance of emerging democracies. Arguably, the major empirical finding of this latter research has been that, while the majority of these new regimes exhibit democratic features such as free and fair elections, a significant number of them deviate from standards and practices that are inherent in the very idea of democratic rule.

About the Authors

Hector E. Schamis

Hector E. Schamis teaches in the School of International Service at American University in Washington, D.C. He has written on democratization and market reform in Latin America and ex-communist countries. His current research is on the construction of democratic citizenship in old and new democracies.

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Ariel C. Armony

Ariel C. Armony is associate professor of government at Colby College and author of The Dubious Link: Civic Engagement and Democratization (2004).

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