International Linkage and Democratization

  title={International Linkage and Democratization},
  author={Steven Levitsky and Lucan Ahmad Way},
  journal={Journal of Democracy},
  pages={20 - 34}
This article presents a new framework for understanding the role of international factors in post-Cold War regime change.We treat the post­Cold War international environment as operating along two dimensions: western leverage, or governments' vulnerability to external pressure, and linkage to the West, or the density of a country's ties to the U.S., the European Union, and Western-led multilateral institutions. Both leverage and linkage raised the cost of authoritarianism during the post­Cold… 

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