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dc.contributor.advisorTepe, Sultanen_US
dc.contributor.authorMierzejewski, Melanie G.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-10-28T20:15:20Z
dc.date.available2016-11-05T09:30:12Z
dc.date.created2014-08en_US
dc.date.issued2014-10-28
dc.date.submitted2014-08en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10027/19109
dc.description.abstractThis study analyzes the process of democratization through an institutional lens, focusing on levels of political party and party system institutionalization following the color revolutions. I look at the color revolutions as a potential moment of change for party politics. Political parties and party systems control levels of political stability, impact effective policymaking, and shape the political landscape. The institutionalization of political parties and party systems is considered vital to democratic consolidation and the literature has reflected this with an increasing amount of efforts to bring these two debates together. In this study I argue that how the color revolutions impacted democratization is a rather complex process, mitigated by ethno-regional, economic, and institutional problems afflicting both political parties and the party systems. Using the cases of Ukraine and Georgia, I find that the development and institutionalization of the party system has greater democratizing effects than having strong, institutionalized political parties. Furthermore, while it is conceptually important to treat political parties and party systems as distinct and dually important areas of analysis, the interaction between these two levels of party politics is crucial for understanding democratization.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.rightsen_US
dc.rightsCopyright 2014 Melanie G. Mierzejewskien_US
dc.subjectDemocracyen_US
dc.subjectPolitical Partiesen_US
dc.subjectInstitutionalizationen_US
dc.subjectColor Revolutionsen_US
dc.subjectUkraineen_US
dc.subjectGeorgiaen_US
dc.titleWhen the Colors Fade: Party Politics, Institutionalization, and Democratization in Ukraine and Georgiaen_US
thesis.degree.departmentPolitical Scienceen_US
thesis.degree.disciplinePolitical Scienceen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Illinois at Chicagoen_US
thesis.degree.levelDoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.namePhD, Doctor of Philosophyen_US
dc.type.genrethesisen_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberKostadinova, Petiaen_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberMcFarland, Andrewen_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberSimpson, Dicken_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberBloom, Stephenen_US
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