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In , Dankwart A. Rustow’s clairvoyant article “Transitions to Democracy: Toward a Dynamic Model” questioned the conflation of the primary causes and. Rustow presents a model of democratization based on four stages. Rustow. Transitions to democracy: Toward a dynamic model. Keywords: Authors/ Rustow, Dankwart – Political Science – Comparative Politics. Rustow (), “Transitions to Democracy: Toward a Dynamic Model.” Rustow, Dankwart A. “Transitions to Democracy: Toward a.

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Dankwart Alexander Rustow December 21, — August 3, was a professor of political science and sociology. He is perhaps best known as the ‘father of transitology ,’ a school of thought in the field of democratization studies. In his seminal article ‘Transitions to Democracy: Toward a Dynamic Model,’ Rustow broke from the prevailing schools of thought on how countries became democratic.

Disagreeing with the heavy focus on necessary social and economic pre-conditions for democracy, he argued that only national unity was a necessary precondition for democracy. Beyond that, the most important thing for a transition from authoritarian rule to democracy was consensus between elites on the new rules of the game. Rustow was born in in Berlin.


From untilhe was a student at the Odenwaldschule in HeppenheimGermany. He graduated from Queens College and received a Phd in political science in from Yale.

Dankwart Rustow

He retired in June ddankwart distinguished professor of political science and sociology. He was a visiting professor at Harvard and other institutions, a vice president of the Middle East Studies Association of North America and the recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship. The cause was non-Hodgkins lymphoma.

He was 71 and lived on the Upper West Side. In addition to his son Timothy of Manhattan, he is survived by his wife of 18 years, Dr. Dankwart Rustow argued that the modernizationists, such as Seymour Lipsetasked a functional question: Rustow thought the question of transition from authoritarianism was a much more interesting one: Using Turkey and Sweden as his case studies, he sketched a general route through which countries travel during democratization.

This had four phases:. His work laid the conceptual foundations for the later work of scholars known as ‘transitologists.


The impetus for change comes not from international or socio-economic changes, but from splits within a ruling regime. Rustow is widely cited as the intellectual father of ‘ transitology.

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