Structural Conditions and Democratization

TitleStructural Conditions and Democratization
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsPop-Eleches G, Robertson GB
JournalJournal of Democracy
AbstractThe truth is that hybrid regimes are a diverse lot, differing not just in the nature of their political systems but also along a whole host of other dimensions that matter for a country's prospects for democratization. [...]whether a particular country becomes more democratic or more authoritarian in the future depends not just on the nature of its current political regime but on its overall configuration of democracypromoting and democracy-inhibiting factors. [...]the number of countries with structural conditions favorable for democratization has diminished considerably since the heyday of the late 1980s and 1990s, when countries such as Poland, Slovakia, and Taiwan were "ripe for picking" and eventually transitioned to full de- mocracy.