Constructing Self-Enforcing Democracy in Spain
Barry R. Weingast
Stanford University - The Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace
FROM ANARCHY TO DEMOCRACY, Joe Oppenheimer, Irwin Morris, eds., Stanford University Press, 2004
Although students of democracy have long been held Spain to be a paradigmatic case of successful transition to democracy, no consensus exists as to why. The purpose of this paper is to develop a new approach of democratic stability and consolidation. This approach emphasizes that, to be sustained, democracy must be self-enforcing in the sense that all actors with the potential to disrupt democracy have no incentive to do so. The theory affords a new answer to the question of what makes the Spanish case paradigmatic.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 49Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: June 30, 2008
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