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On democratic consolidation in the third wave- A cross country investigation.

Ovdal, Steffen and Wahman, Michael (2006)
Department of Political Science
Abstract
This thesis evaluates the empirical support for some of the most influential

theories within the literature on democratic consolidation and applies them to the

third wave of democracy. In our population, which consists of 85 countries that

experienced a transition to democracy between the years 1974 and 1995, there

exists a large divergence in the outcome of the consolidation process. By using a multiple regression analysis, we seek to find the structural variables that can account for these differences.

Our main findings are that two specific variables have been especially

important within our population. Besides from gaining empirical importance in

our main regression analyses, they have also survived several complementary

tests.... (More)
This thesis evaluates the empirical support for some of the most influential

theories within the literature on democratic consolidation and applies them to the

third wave of democracy. In our population, which consists of 85 countries that

experienced a transition to democracy between the years 1974 and 1995, there

exists a large divergence in the outcome of the consolidation process. By using a multiple regression analysis, we seek to find the structural variables that can account for these differences.

Our main findings are that two specific variables have been especially

important within our population. Besides from gaining empirical importance in

our main regression analyses, they have also survived several complementary

tests. This has proven that countries with a higher degree of economic freedom

and those who have adopted a proportional electoral system, to a significant

degree have succeeded better in the consolidation process, than those with a lower

level of economic freedom and/or countries with a plurality/majority electoral

system. (Less)
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@misc{1324159,
  abstract     = {This thesis evaluates the empirical support for some of the most influential

theories within the literature on democratic consolidation and applies them to the

third wave of democracy. In our population, which consists of 85 countries that

experienced a transition to democracy between the years 1974 and 1995, there

exists a large divergence in the outcome of the consolidation process. By using a multiple regression analysis, we seek to find the structural variables that can account for these differences.

Our main findings are that two specific variables have been especially

important within our population. Besides from gaining empirical importance in

our main regression analyses, they have also survived several complementary

tests. This has proven that countries with a higher degree of economic freedom

and those who have adopted a proportional electoral system, to a significant

degree have succeeded better in the consolidation process, than those with a lower

level of economic freedom and/or countries with a plurality/majority electoral

system.},
  author       = {Ovdal, Steffen and Wahman, Michael},
  keyword      = {Democratic consolidation,,Third wave,,Economic freedom,,Electoral design,,Comparative,,Multiple regression analysis,Political and administrative sciences,Statsvetenskap, förvaltningskunskap},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {On democratic consolidation in the third wave- A cross country investigation.},
  year         = {2006},
}