A Changing Geopolitical Landscape: Informal Institutions and Democratization

Open Republic, Vol. 5, No. 1, pp. 9-16, January-March 2006

8 Pages Posted: 22 Apr 2008  

Constantin Gurdgiev

Trinity College, Dublin; Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS)

Faye Donnelly

University of St. Andrews

Abstract

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.

Keywords: Democratization, Development, Dissent, Terrorism, Extremism

JEL Classification: F02, O10, O15

Suggested Citation

Gurdgiev, Constantin and Donnelly, Faye, A Changing Geopolitical Landscape: Informal Institutions and Democratization. Open Republic, Vol. 5, No. 1, pp. 9-16, January-March 2006. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1122876

Constantin Gurdgiev (Contact Author)

Trinity College, Dublin ( email )

Trinity College
Dublin 2

Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS) ( email )

460 Pierce St
Monterey, CA 93940
United States

Faye Donnelly

University of St. Andrews ( email )

North St
Saint Andrews, Fife KY16 9AJ
United Kingdom

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