Fragile Democracies

The Legacies of Authoritarian Rule

"What makes this volume distinctive and perceptive is the author's argument that the stability of democratic institutions in the Philippines is dependent upon the degree of support provided by the military and the church. The author did a splendid job of interviewing military and church leaders who took an active part in replacing the ancient regime with a liberal democracy. Her analysis of interview data provides us with rich insights into the nature of Filipino political behavior.
Journal of Developing Areas

Examining the Marcos and Aquino administrations in the Philippines, and a number of cases in Latin Amarica, Casper discusses the legacies of authoritarianism and shows how difficult it is for popularly elected leaders to ensure that democracy will flourish. Authoritarian regimes leave an imprint on society long after their leaders have been overthrown because they transform or destroy the social institutions on which a successful democracy depends. Casper concludes that redemocratization is problematic, even in countries with strong democratic traditions.

240 Pages, 6 x 9 in.

January, 1995

isbn : 9780822955405

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Gretchen Casper

Gretchen Casper is associate professor of political science at Penn State University.

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