New book: "Democratization and Autocratization in Comparative Perspective"

The new book provides a balanced, critical, and comprehensive coverage of the theories and realities of autocratization and democratization.

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The new book "Democratization and Autocratization in Comparative Perspective" by Svend-Erik Skaaning and Jørgen Møller. Photo: Routledge.

The publisher writes:

"This book provides balanced, critical, and comprehensive coverage of the theories and realities of autocratization and democratization. It sketches developments in the conceptions of democracy, discusses how to distinguish between different forms of political rule, and maps the development of democracy and autocracy across space and time. The book reviews the major debates and findings about domestic and international causes and consequences of democratization and autocratization. It synthesizes theoretical models and empirical relationships based on an explicit comparative perspective which focuses on similarities and differences across countries and historical periods.

Key features:

• Offers a coherent framework, which students and scholars can use to grasp the literature on democratization and autocratization as a whole.

• Includes tables and figures as well as plentiful, illustrative in-text features, including chapter summaries, text boxes, concluding bullet points, and discussion questions.

• Fully updated to account for the recent developments within the relevant academic literature as well as global and regional patterns of democratization and autocratization.

• A section on democracy and autocracy today, highlighting important political challenges for democracy, such as populism and polarization, and providing an overview of the level of democratic crisis in developed democracies.

Democratization and Autocratization in Comparative Perspective will be essential reading for students and scholars of political science, democracy and democratization, comparative politics, political theory, and international relations."

Critic's review:

"Whether we live under democracy or not, whether our democracies are in crisis and deliver certain goods, whether democracies are becoming autocracies, are key questions of our times. And Møller and Skaaning’s  engaging up-to-date book discusses concepts, theories and empirical analyses that help us make sense of our world. A sophisticated but accessible introduction to a complex topic by two experts in the field."

-Gerardo L. Munck, Professor of Political Science and International Relations, University of Southern California, USA

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