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date: 28 February 2020

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This article discusses democratization, and looks specifically at its post-Communist implications. It draws upon the experience of post-Communist countries in order to show how structural preconditions allow elite action as much as they limit it. A review and contrast of the formal and informal approaches is provided, followed by a discussion of the post-Communist experience. The article concludes with an evaluation of the success of these approaches in explaining the variation in democratization outcomes.

Keywords: democratization, post-Communist implications, structural preconditions, elite action, approaches, democratization outcomes, variation, post-Communist experience

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