Institutions And The Fate Of Democracy (Paperback)
Germany And Poland In The Twentieth Century (Russian and East European Studies)
University of Pittsburgh Press, 9780822958703, 328pp.
Publication Date: April 25, 2005
As democracy has swept the globe, the question of why some democracies succeed while others fail has remained a pressing concern. In this theoretically innovative, richly historical study, Michael Bernhard looks at the process by which new democracies choose their political institutions, showing how these fundamental choices shape democracy's survival.
Offering a new analytical framework that maps the process by which basic political institu-tions emerge, Bernhard investigates four paradigmatic episodes of democracy in two countries: Germany during the Weimar period and after World War II, and Poland between the world wars and after the fall of communism.
Students of democracy will appreciate the broad applicability of Bernhard's findings, while area specialists will welcome the book's accessible and detailed historical accounts.
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Praise For Institutions And The Fate Of Democracy: Germany And Poland In The Twentieth Century (Russian and East European Studies)…
--Grzegorz Ekiert, Harvard University
--Valerie Bunce, Cornell University