Acquiring the Habit of Changing Governments Through Elections

Adam Przeworski

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    Changing governments through elections is a rare and a recent practice. Yielding office the first time is foreboding because it entails the risk that the gesture would not be reciprocated, but the habit develops rapidly once the first step is taken. This article provides evidence for these assertions by examining about 3,000 elections in the world since 1788.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)101-129
    Number of pages29
    JournalComparative Political Studies
    Issue number1
    StatePublished - Jan 12 2015


    • democracy
    • elections
    • regimes

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Sociology and Political Science


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