Transitions to Democracy: Toward a Dynamic Model

  title={Transitions to Democracy: Toward a Dynamic Model},
  author={Dankwart A. Rustow},
  journal={Comparative politics},
  • D. Rustow
  • Published 1 April 1970
  • History
  • Comparative politics
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