Edited by Hans-Joachim Giessmann, Roger Mac Ginty, Beatrix Austin and Christine Seifert
Key concepts in political transitions
This chapter explores the key concepts that are used in explorations of political transitions and regime change. It is a guide for how to “read” transitions and points to biases in the conventional literature on the topic. It discusses key themes that are the focus of the case studies of this book, such as the permanency (or otherwise) of change, the extent to which transitions are truly transformational, how transitions may spark other forms of division, gender, the political economy of transitions, and the aftermath of transitions. The chapter encourages us to be prudent in interpreting the extent of change, especially in terms of how it impacts on the everyday lives of citizens.
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