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By Seva Gunitsky

Over the prior century, democracy unfold worldwide in turbulent waves of reform that swept throughout nationwide borders. but those cascades frequently failed, cresting and rolling again into autocracy. Aftershocks offers a brand new global-oriented cause of this wavelike unfold and retreat -- not just of democracy but additionally of its twentieth-century competitors, fascism and communism.

Seva Gunitsky argues that waves of regime swap are pushed by means of the aftermath of cataclysmic disruptions to the worldwide order. those hegemonic shocks, marked via the surprising upward thrust and fall of significant powers, were crucial and often-neglected drivers of household reforms. although infrequent and fleeting, in addition they create an opportunity for sweeping institutional adjustments -- through triggering army impositions, via exogenously moving the incentives of family actors, or through remodeling the very foundation of political legitimacy itself. for this reason, the evolution of contemporary regimes has been deeply associated with clashes between nice powers, who again and again -- and infrequently unsuccessfully -- sought to persuade, encourage, and intimidate different states into becoming a member of their camps.

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