Democratization and Violence: European and International Perspectives

Karstedt, S (2008) Democratization and Violence: European and International Perspectives. In Body-Gendrot, S. & Spierenburg, P. (eds) (Eds.) Violence in Europe: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives. Springer, pp. 205-226.

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It is a startling fact that when in the mid-80s a ‘third wave’ of democracy took hold in Latin America and Eastern Europe, both democracy and violence were simultaneously on the rise worldwide. Almost by definition democracies represent an institutionalized framework and a way of life that ensures non-violent means to share power between communities of people with widely differing values and beliefs. As Keane (2004) points out, ‘violence is anathema to [democracy’s] spirit and substance’ (p. 1). Accordingly, the process of democratization was accompanied by expectations that violence would generally decrease, and that these countries would embark on a process of reducing levels of violence as Western European countries had done earlier in the 19th and 20th century.

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ID Code: 51844
Item Type: Book Chapter
DOI: 10.1007/978-0-387-74508-4_12
ISBN: 978-0-387-74507-7
Deposited On: 17 Jul 2012 03:34
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2015 16:17

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