Francesco Cavatorta
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Most theories on transitions to democracy still regard domestic factors as the only explanatory variables, but this book has challenged such an approach by arguing that transitions do not occur in a vacuum and that international variables are a necessary part of the explanations because they have the capacity to influence the strategies and the choices of the domestic actors. The evidence also suggests that at times it seems that the external environment does not leave domestic actors much choice in terms of the options available in the construction of a new political order. This is due to the fact that the sanctioning of the international community is a key element that domestic actors need to take into account and that diminishes the range of choices available. Through the use of theoretical insights from international relations theories and globalisation it is possible to examine the links between domestic and international politics, thereby analysing formally internal processes as part of wider international trends. Algeria is quite representative of wider trends affecting liberalisation and democratisation in the wider Arab world.

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