Dados es una de las principales publicaciones de ciencias sociales en América Latina. Creada en 1966, publica trabajos inéditos e innovadores, procedentes de investigaciones académicas, de autores brasileños y extranjeros. Editada por IESP-UERJ, tiene como objetivo conciliar el rigor científico y la excelencia académica con un énfasis en el debate público basado en el análisis de temas sustantivos en la sociedad y la política.
The main question that this theoretical paper raises is how to analyze the cases of democratic consolidation in Southern Europe (Italy, Spain, Portugal, and Greece), characterized by some commonalities and a great deal of diversities. Definitions of the two terms - democracy and consolidation - are first discussed. Particularly, consolidation is defined within its "semantic field"; that is, it is defined at the same time as "transition", "installation", "persistence", and "reconsolidation". Contiguous concepts, such as "encapsulation", "structuration", and "institutionalization", are also considered. Second, two dimensions of democratic consolidation are suggested to be the most meaningful ones: legitimation of political institutions, on the one hand, and, on the other, the self-strengthening of the main political actors during the process and, in this way, of some forms and the extent of political control over civil society. Therefore, the next necessary step is to suggest what can be the best empirical indicators in analyzing the two dimensions more closely. Third, if crossed with one another, the two dimensions - legitimation and control - suggest what different paths to consolidation might have been taken in the four cases under scrutiny.Consolidações Democráticas na Europa Meridional. Indicações Teóricas para Análise Empírica