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Assessing the transition to democracy


Bland, G. (1992). Assessing the transition to democracy. In J. S. Tulchin, & G. Bland (Eds.), Is there a transition to democracy in El Salvador Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner.


This timely book explores to what degree democracy has taken root in El Salvador, and to what extent the country can strengthen democratic, civilian-controlled government institutions.

The authors highlight a number of key questions: Does the electoral process allow for a fair and impartial reflection of the popular will? Is U.S. policy aiding the cause of democracy—or strengthening an all-powerful military? And can peace last without progress on human rights and economic growth that ameliorates the country's widespread poverty?