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Boundary Control: Subnational Authoritarianism in Federal Democracies Edward L Gibson

Boundary Control: Subnational Authoritarianism in Federal Democracies

Edward L Gibson

Published November 12th 2012
ISBN : 9781139847476
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200 pages
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The democratization of a national government is only a first step in the diffusion of democracy throughout a countrys territory. Even after a national government is democratized, subnational authoritarian enclaves often continue to deny rights toMoreThe democratization of a national government is only a first step in the diffusion of democracy throughout a countrys territory. Even after a national government is democratized, subnational authoritarian enclaves often continue to deny rights to citizens of local jurisdictions. Edward L. Gibson offers new theoretical perspectives for the study of democratization in his exploration of this phenomenon. His theory of boundary control captures the conflict pattern between incumbents and oppositions when a national democratic government exists alongside authoritarian provinces (or states ). He also reveals how federalism and the territorial organization of countries shape how subnational authoritarian regimes are built and how they unravel. Through a novel comparison of the late nineteenth-century American Solid South with contemporary experiences in Argentina and Mexico, Gibson reveals that the mechanisms of boundary control are reproduced across countries and historical periods. As long as subnational authoritarian governments coexist with national democratic governments, boundary control will be at play.