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Democratization, Liberalization, and Human Rights in the Third World

Mahmood Monshipouri
ISBN: 978-1-55587-550-3
1995/198 pages/LC: 94-31377
"This volume addresses the fundamental issues and dilemmas facing economic and political reforms in the Arab world. Its diversity, theoretical depth and analytical breadth warrant close attention and extensive debates in both policy and scholarly circles, as well as among general readers."—Middle East Policy


Abrupt democratization in Third World countries does not always result in enhanced human rights. Mahmood Monshipouri argues that human rights in fledgling democracies are most likely to be improved if the transition from authoritarianism is preceded by a process of economic liberalization, which works as a prelude to a gradual expansion of civil society.

Monshipouri bridges the gaps between democratization, liberalization, and human rights studies, using all three to explain the frequency with which democratic processes in the Third World have been aborted. He supports his analysis with a comparative assessment of the progress toward democracy in Algeria, El Salvador, Pakistan, and Peru.


Mahmood Monshipouri is associate professor of political science at Alma College.


  • Toward an Understanding of Liberalization, Democratization, and Human Rights.
  • Human Rights Conditions and Democratization: Realities and Constraints.
  • Human Rights Conditions and Democratization: Global Changes and Opportunities.
  • Algeria: The End of the Beginning of Democratization.
  • Pakistan: Political Crisis and the Democracy Conundrum.
  • Peru: The Autogolpe in Perspective.
  • El Salvador: New Experiments with Democracy.
  • Democratization, Liberalization, and Human Rights in Comparative Perspective