NEW IN PRINT:
THE RECENT BACKLASH against democracy in such countries as Bolivia, Venezuela, Russia, and Georgia poses renewed concerns about the viability of this regime type in the developing world. Drawing on a unique data set of every democratization episode since 1960, this book explores the underlying reasons for backsliding and reversal in the world's fledgling democracies and offers some proposals with respect to what the international community might do to help these states stay on track toward political stability.
The Fate of Young Democracies
By Ethan B. Kapstein, Nathan Converse
Published by Cambridge University Press, 2008
ISBN 0521494230, 9780521494236
|ETHAN B. KAPSTEIN:
Paul Dubrule Professor of Sustainable Development, INSEAD
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Ethan B. Kapstein is Paul Dubrule Professor of Sustainable Development at INSEAD, and Visiting Fellow at the Institut Francais des Relations Internationales. Previously he was Stassen Professor of International Peace at the University of Minnesota, Vice President of the Council on Foreign Relations, Principal Administrator at the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development, and Executive Director of the Economics and National Security Program at Harvard University. He is a former international banker and has served as an officer in the United States Navy. A specialist in international economic relations, he has published widely in professional and policy journals, and is a frequent contributor to the op-ed pages of the International Herald Tribune and Los Angeles Times. He is the author or editor of eight books, the most recent of which is SHARING THE WEALTH: WORKERS AND THE WORLD ECONOMY. He has been a consultant to many private and public sector organisations, including the World Bank and OECD, and has been a visiting professor at Sciences Po (Paris), the University of Nice, the National Institute for Defense Studies (Tokyo) and the National War College (Washington, DC). Professor Kapstein's free-time activities include sports (swimming, tennis, jogging), hiking, sailing, and reading.
"The world may be moving inexorably toward one of those tragic moments that will lead future historians to ask, why was nothing done in time? Were the economic and policy elites unaware of the profound disruption that economic and technological change was causing working men and women? What prevented them from taking the steps necessary to prevent a global social crisis?"