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Paul Lewis and Paul Webb

In this book, an international team of specialists reflects, more than a dozen years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, on the implications of that momentous conjuncture for the study of party politics in Europe. In particular, the authors and editors seek to address two inter-connected questions: To what extent is there evidence of convergence in patterns of party politics across Eastern and Western Europe? And how far has the theory of parties and party systems coped with the emergence of democratic politics in Eastern Europe? In a wideranging and stimulating set of essays, these issues are confronted in respect of themes such as the impact of institutional contexts like electoral systems and presidentialism, the evolving nature of cleavage structures, party organizational developments, and intra-party factionalism. This book will make a significant addition to any course reading list on comparative and party politics.

Neal A. Palmer and Douglas D. Perkins

increase with democratization, and such investment, although being dependent on a minimal level of information technology infrastructure (Addison and Heshmati 2004 ), also effects rapid technological gains (Li and Resnick 2003 ). In turn, the increasing presence of technological innovations carries with

Leila DeVriese

social media changed contentious politics and, effectively, the public sphere (as defined by Habermas)? Has it indeed democratized it? Or is it still a tool that caters to a self-selected group within society? How have these new technologies engaged the youth, which constitute over 60 percent of the

Louisa Dris-Aït-Hamadouche and Yahia Zoubir

analyze the ways through which the regimes seek to resolve the challenges they are faced with. Th e main contention in the article is that the regimes in place have yet to open up the political space and allow genuine democratization to take place, for despite some genuine transformations in a few areas

Ayça Ergun

Leicester Press; G. Pridham and T. Vanhanen (eds.) (1994), Democratisation in Eastern Europe, Domestic and International Perspectives , London: Routledge; L. Whitehead (1986), International Aspects of Democratization, in G. O’Donnell, P. Schmitter and L. Whitehead (eds.), Transitions from Authoritarian Rule

John Doces and Berhanu Nega

the process of democratization. Samuel Huntington’s ( 2002 , p. 100) book The Third Wave notes that a contributing factor to the spread of democracy in the 1970s and 80s could be termed as a “demonstration effect” or process of “contagion”. A few cross-national quantitative empirical analyses find

Nalanda Roy

nationalism, devastating conflicts, and finally a catastrophic Tsunami that vic- timized the entire province. In this complicated, Westernmost province of Indonesia, the democratization process began in 1998. Th is fanned an expression of regionalist sentiment, which later on became the ground for a

Mehran Kamrava

_188-213.indd 190 PGDT 6,1-3_f10_188-213.indd 190 6/28/07 10:32:50 AM 6/28/07 10:32:50 AM M. Kamrava / PGDT 6 (2007) 189-213 191 democratization, or, more pointedly, as innately prone to irrationality and violence. Th e differences between the two perspectives are often indiscernible, however, and are

Nancy Hafkin

telematics infrastructure in the region—with an investment cost less than the price tag of a modern jet Ž ghter. ² The increased  ow of information will increase Africa’s participation in the global dialogue on issues such as the environment, human rights, and democratization (ECA 1995). 1995 Conference of

mobilization by social movements in the Middle East, focusing most recently on contentious politics leading up to and following the “Arab Spring” protests. DeVriese’s forthcoming book titled Virtual Democracies: Social Media and Democratization of the Public Sphere (Ashgate) will be out in hardback in 2013