Shifting the Transition Paradigm
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The preceding examination of the impact of local leadership in internationally led democratic transition has provided various levels of analysis. While the main purpose of this study is to determine if the current democratic transition paradigm and its treatment of local leadership is effective in producing liberal democracy, it also illuminates the ways in which the leadership acts and effects change. The current transition paradigm assumes the appropriateness of the institutionalism model of leadership — that institutions fostered by the international community would control the behavior of the resulting leadership — and treats leadership as an output that can be transitioned itself. This analysis demonstrates an opposite reality.
KeywordsInternational Community Local Leadership Transitional Justice Democratic Transition Peace Process
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