№ 2, 2000
A general trend in the development of the global «Non-West» has been the retreat of authoritarianism. In this context, modernization (globalization, post-industrial development) is a dependable ally of democratization. However, the present situation is ambivalent, and it may develop according to various scenarios. Menaces to democratic processes come from the past that has not been overcome, from the crisis-ridden present and from the future. The new social and economic paradigm («de-industrialization,» fragmentation of manufacturing and consumption, unresolved labor disputes) carries inside a powerful momentum of social polarization and generates «democratic involution».
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