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Peaceful transitions of power have been rare in modern states, but once the habit has been acquired it sticks

Przeworski, Adam (2014) Peaceful transitions of power have been rare in modern states, but once the habit has been acquired it sticks. LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog (26 Nov 2014). Website.

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Abstract

What incentives are there for non-democratic governments to agree to risk losing power in elections? Based on an analysis of over 3,000 elections which have taken place across the world since 1788, Adam Przeworski writes that the practice of peacefully changing governments via the ballot box has been a relatively rare occurrence in modern history. Nevertheless, he notes that while it is difficult to establish the first peaceful transition of power in a state, once the principle has been implemented it often becomes entrenched over time.

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/europpblog/
Additional Information: © 2014 The Author(s); Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JC Political theory
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Date Deposited: 30 Mar 2017 09:35
Last Modified: 12 Sep 2020 23:29
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/71612

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