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Michael H. Bernhard - professor of political science, Penn State University Park

Book Title: Social Origins of Democracy and Dictatorship

Author: Barrington Moore

Book Description:

I chose Moore's Social Origins because it has been the most influential work in my understanding of the central theme in my research—democratization. Moore's great contribution is to help us to understand how historical conditions constrain the choices we can make at critical junctures in the development of systems of modern rule.

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