In This Review

The Breakdown of Democratic Regimes
The Breakdown of Democratic Regimes
Edited by Juan J. Linz and Alfred Stepan
pp, Johns Hopkins, 1979

Case studies of the eclipse of democratic government in interwar Europe and in Latin America. The studies themselves, many of which go over well-trampled historical ground, are of high quality because written with the benefit of all available material and because they represent a disciplined inquiry into phenomena and causal relationships that illuminate the process of breakdown. Moreover, in his introductory section, Linz cuts into new ground in the study of the patterns of crisis, collapse and "reequilibration," all of which is of considerable importance to those concerned with democracy's survival today.