The Concept of Consolidation in Regime Change Research
Democratization research has long been characterized by an ongoing battle over the paradigms of structure and actor, with purists on both sides attributing exclusive powers of explanation to their variable. This conflict must be resolved, and the regime change approach seems to present us with an opportunity to do so, provided we place “actors and their choices in the broader context within which transitions occur” (Munck, 1994a: 371). We thus not only continue to give actors and their performance the significance they are due, but also ensure that structural and historical contexts receive adequate consideration.1
KeywordsPolitical Culture Regime Change Democratic Regime Party System Democratic Legitimacy
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