A Changing Geopolitical Landscape: Informal Institutions and Democratization
Trinity College, Dublin
University of Saint Andrews
Open Republic, Vol. 5, No. 1, pp. 9-16, January-March 2006
The main purpose of this article is to explore the role that informal organisations play in the legitimisation of regime change and the failure of key modern theories of globalisation and international relations (I.R.) to fully accredit the centrality of civic groups as agents of change. Following this, we use constructivist methodology in explaining gradual shifts in ideological mindsets and the socio-political aspirations. Briefly reviewing current events, this paper appraises the significance of unauthorised dissident movements, and their involvement in the proliferation of prominent trends, such as democratisation and terrorism.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 8
Keywords: Democratization, Development, Dissent, Terrorism, Extremism
JEL Classification: F02, O10, O15Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: April 22, 2008
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