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FY 2008/2009 Research Topic: 4-05
Stability of New Democracies


The research project aims to reveal the causes of political stability (or instability) in newly democratized countries. It is widely observed that new democracies tend to suffer from political actors’ deviations from democratic institutions, like massive electoral frauds and extra institutional means for power struggles. Historically, some new democracies even experienced setbacks to authoritarian regimes. Why are democratic institutions not observed by main political actors? What conditions are necessary for democratic stability? This project tries to propose a comprehensive theory to explain stability and instability of new democracies based on the previous studies on institutional analysis (rational choice institutionalism and historical institutionalism), and to examine the deduced theory empirically.


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