Since the wave of decolonisation following World War II, a number of Third World nations, most of them former British colonies, have attempted to govern themselves through Western-style democratic institutions. Almost all of them have failed. This pervasive failure, often heralded by successions of military coups and long periods of political instability, has been a subject of intensive study in the past two decades.


Political Culture Liberal Democracy Democratic Government Party System Ethnic Conflict 
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© Larry Diamond 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Larry Diamond
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  1. 1.Hoover InstitutionUSA

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