The Quality of Young Democracies

After the initial euphoria surrounding democratic transitions since the 1990’s, what is the present state and future prospects of these young democracies? How deeply embedded is the democratic spirit and how strong the democratic ethos and culture? A comparative and empirical study of the current situation in Poland, Germany, South Korea, South Africa and Chile in the second phase of democratisation.

Project leader(s):
  • Ursula van Beek (Stellenbosch)
STIAS fellow(s):
  • Hans-Dieter Klingemann (Berlin)
  • Edmund Wnuk-Lipinski (Warsaw)
  • Dirk Bergschlosser (Marburg)
  • Radek Markowski (Warsaw)

Ursula J van Beek (ed), Democracy under Scrutiny: Elites, citizens, cultures. Barbara Budrich Publishers (Leverkusen Opladen, 2010), 300 pp.