Democracy Rising?

In the early hours of April 25, 1974, Europe's oldest remaining dictatorship was overthrown by a small cadre of left-wing officers in the Portuguese military. With the benefit of hindsight, we can see how that event sparked an unprecedented wave of democratization that would ultimately spread well beyond the streets of Lisbon. Consider that in the mid-1980s, about two in every five states worldwide were democratic. A decade later, it was three in every five states. Though that democratic boom