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Democratization NGOs and Loyal Opposition

This blog entry first appeared in the blog of the Council on Foreign Relations entitled “Emerging Voices” on March 13, 2013.

In a classic study written over forty years ago, Ghita Ionescu, a political scientist, and Isabel de Madariaga, a historian, described loyal opposition as “the most advanced and institutionalized form of political conflict.” Loyal opposition unites support for a democratic constitution and political system with opposition to a particular political regime.

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