How To Move To A Democracy: An Expert's Take
USC professor Abraham F. Lowenthal explains what he learned about transitioning to a democracy after speaking to 13 world leaders.By Jake Godin | April 12, 2016
"Democratic governance is not complete or perfect in South Africa. But then, think about it — where is it complete and perfect? Certainly not in this country," said Abraham F. Lowenthal, a professor at USC School of International Relations.
"These things do take a long time. It's partly a matter of gradual tactics. It's also a matter of uneven kinds of opposition and setbacks and reverses and zigzags and so on."
For his book, Lowenthal interviewed 13 world leaders from 9 countries to figure out how autocracies turn into democracies.He found, in general, successful transitions are gradual — not quick.