C·A·P Home > Aktuell > meldungen-archiv > 2005 > Strategic Insights

Democracy, Market Economy and the Management of Transformation

A special BTI 2006 issue of 'Strategic Insights'

19.12.2005 · Bertelsmann Forschungsgruppe Politik

Pre-print versions of the regional reports written for the Bertelsmann Transformation Index 2006 have now been published as a special issue of STRATEGIC INSIGHTS. Produced by the Center for Contemporary Conflict at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, STRATEGIC INSIGHTS is a monthly electronic journal offering timely, concise assessments of U.S. and international security issues.

The contributions to this special issue fall into three categories: the first article on The Bertelsmann Transformation Index 2006 describes the aim, approach, and methodology of the BTI. Furthermore, it provides a concise overview of the main findings of the BTI 2006 along three research questions: what is the status of transformation toward democracy in the 119 countries reviewed? What are the major trends of market-economic transformation? How have political elites and decision-makers managed these transformations?

In the second part, this issue collects seven regional chapters, describing and analyzing the management of political and economic transformation in Asia, Central and West Africa, East and South Africa, Latin America, Eastern Europe, the CIS, and the Middle East and North Africa. Each report provides an overview on the state, trajectory, and management of the transformation processes in these regions. The aim of those chapters is to provide academics, students, policy-makers and journalists with a brief and concise overview of the regional patterns, trends, and achievements of democratization and economic development. It is based on the results of the BTI 2006 survey and the underlying country assessments which analyze each individual country in detail.

In the third part of this issue, two articles deal with specific aspects of democratic and economic transformation. In an attempt to explore the options for institutional reform in "defective democracies," Martin Brusis and Peter Thiery address the important question of how electoral reforms, the organization of public administrations and the system of government impact on the prospects of establishing viable and effective democracies. The last contribution by Aurel Croissant synthesizes the findings of the BTI 2006 concerning political violence and extremism in the 119 countries reviewed and the relationship between democratization and development and political violence.

A Strategic Insights Special Edition

The Bertelsmann Transformation Index 2006
Current Issue: Volume IV, Issue 12 (December 2005

Introductory Observations

Introduction to the Special Issue: Democracy, Market Economy, and the Political Management of Transformation in 119 Countries: The Findings of the Bertelsmann Transformation Index 2006, by Aurel Croissant

The Bertelsmann Transformation Index 2006: On the Way to Democracy and Market-Economy, by Olaf Hillenbrand and Peter Thiery

Regional Case Studies

Differential Patterns of Consolidation in View of European Union Membership: East-Central and Southeast Europe, by Martin Brusis

Divergent Trends of Transformation to Democracy and Market Economy: The Commonwealth of Independent States and Mongolia, by Sabine Donner and Bernd Kuzmits

Uncertain Prospects of Transformation: The Middle East and North Africa, by Felix Neugart

Democracy without Development? Unbalanced Transformations in Eastern and Southern Africa, by Siegmar Schmidt

Stagnation on Low Levels: Political and Economic Transformation in Central and West Africa, by Matthias Basedau

A Region Divided: Transformation towards Democracy and Market Economy in Latin America and the Caribbean, by Peter Thiery

Can You Have One without the Other? Transformation towards Market Economy and Democracy in Asia and Oceania, by Aurel Croissant

Concluding Observations

Defects of Democracy and Options for Institutional Reform, by Martin Brusis and Peter Thiery

Regime Change and Violence: Political Violence, Extremism, and the Transformation to Democracy and Market Economy—Findings of the Bertelsmann Transformation Index 2006, by Aurel Croissant

News zum Thema

Europäische Wettbewerbsfähigkeit
Ein Beitrag von Jürgen Turek
09.10.2013 · C·A·P

Transformation Index 2010
Qualität demokratischen Regierens sinkt weltweit
02.12.2009 · Forschungsgruppe Zukunftsfragen

Wiederaufbau im Westjordanland und im Gaza-Streifen
Weltbankberaterin Barbara Balaj am C·A·P
02.11.2009 · C·A·P

"China ist westlicher geworden"
Politikwissenschaftler Werner Weidenfeld im Audio-Interview
01.10.2009 · Bayern 2 / Radiowelt

Vorstellung der Sustainable Governance Indicators (SGI) auf der ECPR General Conference in Potsdam
Working Papers der Forschungsgruppe Zukunftsfragen
23.09.2009 · C·A·P