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Constructing an open model of transition: the case of North Africa

Cavatorta, Francesco (2004) Constructing an open model of transition: the case of North Africa. The Journal of North African Studies, 9 (3). pp. 1-18. ISSN 1743-9345

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Abstract

This article puts forth an open model of transition to democracy challenging the conventional wisdom of the literature on processes of democratisation, which focuses almost exclusively on domestic factors. International variables are thus at the centre of explanations for regime change. The article argues that transitions do not occur in a vacuum and presents a theoretical model that can be useful to analyse external-internal linkages. The model is then applied to three North African countries, whose efforts to democratise have failed: Tunisia, Morocco and Algeria. The article concludes that it is no longer methodologically sound to exclude international factors from the analysis of transitions and that there is considerable evidence pointing in the direction of the central role they have.

Item Type:Article (Published)
Refereed:Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords:democracy; Tunisia; Morocco; Algeria;
Subjects:Social Sciences > Political science
DCU Faculties and Centres:Research Initiatives and Centres > Centre for International Studies (CIS)
DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Science > School of Law and Government
Publisher:Routledge
Official URL:http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1362938042000325787
Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. View License
ID Code:473
Deposited On:23 May 2008 by DORAS Administrator. Last Modified 16 Feb 2009 14:13

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