Sheri Berman

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Because authoritarian regimes lack popular legitimacy, they often manipulate and deepen communal cleavages in order to divide potential opponents and generate support among favored groups. So when democratization occurs, the pent up distrust and animosity often explode. States. Nations & Nationhood
Establishing a stable democracy is a two stage process. First you get rid of the old regime, then you build a durable democratic replacement. Because the first stage is dramatic, many people think the game is over when the dictator is gone. But the second stage is more difficult. There are many examples of broad coalitions coming together to oust dictators but relatively few of them stayed together and agreed on what a new regime should look like. States. Nations & Nationhood ;Dictators, Despots, Autocrats, Autocracies & Dictatorships
If France’s first democratic experiment failed, it nevertheless made a profound contribution to the eventual formation of a stable liberal democracy. Democracies & Republics
In community people remain essentially united in spite of all separating factors, while in society they are essentially separated in spite of all uniting factors. Miscellaneous
Just as not all socialists were proto-Stalinists, not all Islamists want to implement a theocratic regime. Miscellaneous
Populists feed on democratic dysfunction. As long as democratic elites and institutions in advanced industrial democracies remain unable or unwilling to tackle the myriad challenges facing their societies, we should expect populism to remain an attractive political option. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Stable liberal democracy requires more than just a shift in political forms; it also involves eliminating the antidemocratic social, cultural, and economic legacies of the old regime. Such a process takes lots of time and effort, over multiple tries. Historically, most initial transitions have been the beginning of a democratization process, not the end of it—something that the tortured histories of today’s mature liberal democracies make clear. Democracies & Republics
The shift to fascism was applauded by many both within Italy and without who believed that dictatorship offered a better chance of providing stability and development that the country so desperately needed. States. Nations & Nationhood ;Dictators, Despots, Autocrats, Autocracies & Dictatorships

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