The “Fourth Wave” of Democratization and the Difficult Balance between “Transitology” and Area Studies

Marco Cilento


The process of regime change that has taken place since 1991 in the post-Soviet space, combined with the phenomena that occurred later in the Balkans and Mediterranean Africa have undermined the certainties of the supporters of transitology. Nevertheless, some scholars have suggested a “fourth wave” of democratization. There has therefore been a revival of the debate between two analytical approaches: an approach to standardizing (transitology) and another approach to individualizing (area studies). The paper explores the strength and weakness of both interpretative schemes.

DOI: 10.5901/mjss.2014.v5n16p658

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