Peaceful Democratization Trends in Single-Party-Dominant Countries
  • Marco Rimanelli


This work draws a comparative analysis of an international trend towards radical but peaceful political change and democratization in countries previously monopolized by single-party-dominant political systems (be they authoritarian or even democratic). This quiet change was easily overlooked in the wake of the momentous international changes unleashed since 1989 by the post-Cold War period. On one hand, the overwhelming uncertainty thrust in international relations by the fall of the Soviet Union and the redrawing of the world maps led to a rush to reassess at a regional level the old, waning, international security balance (nuclear arsenals, non-proliferations, arms control, insurgencies), especially once the positive impact of dismantling East-West arsenals and waning ideologies (capitalist democracy versus totalitarian Communism and Fascism) was replaced instead by the return of even older destabilizing demons (nationalism, secessionism, civil wars and “ethnic cleansing”) in both Europe and the former Soviet Union, which the Cold War had long suppressed. On the other hand, international observers have been traditionally mesmerized by the more spectacular impact of violent change on political systems, which automatically self-reinforced the standard assumption that most radical domestic changes are either the result of, or lead to, some sort of violent, bloody revolution, which finally opens the way for a new political system to be established over the remnants of older ones.


Electoral System Party System Coalition Government Democratic System Single Party 
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