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Making Waves: Democratic Contention in Europe and Latin America since the Revolutions of 1848


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Kurt Weyland is Professor in the Department of Government, College of Liberal Arts.
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This study investigates the three main waves of political regime contention in Europe and Latin America. Surprisingly, protest against authoritarian rule spread across countries more quickly in the nineteenth century, yet achieved greater success in bringing democracy in the twentieth. To explain these divergent trends, the book draws on cognitive-psychological insights about the inferential heuristics that people commonly apply; these shortcuts shape learning from foreign precedents such as an autocrat's overthrow elsewhere.



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