Democratic Waves in Historical Perspective

  title={Democratic Waves in Historical Perspective},
  author={Seva Gunitsky},
  journal={Perspectives on Politics},
  pages={634 - 651}
  • Seva Gunitsky
  • Published 21 August 2018
  • Political Science
  • Perspectives on Politics
For over two centuries, the evolution of democracy has been marked by repeated democratic waves. Yet these cross-border bursts of revolution and reform have varied widely in their origins, intensity, and success rates. How do we compare cascades of regime change, and what lessons do they offer about the spread of democracy? I lay out a historical framework of democratic waves that focuses on recurring causal mechanisms across time. Thirteen democratic waves are categorized according to two… 

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