A country can shift from autocracy to democracy and vice versa. Specific terms: autocracy - democracy , democratic transition or democratization democracy - autocracy , democratic breakdown. You can"t just reform a bit, like an autocracy "not as bad", still an autocracy and you cannot call it democratization. It may produce a semi-liberal autocracy instead of closed autocracy. Iran in the 1940"s, more freer area but not democratization. Can call it political liberalization, but don"t use democracy. Breakdown is germany under hitler for example. Waves of democracy - look at textbook page. Starts logically with us and french revolution, but fr didn"t end up with a democracy right away. Produced spirit of the wave, but not full thing. Crucially, canada is a first wave country. They were more developed, industrial revolution, more creation of. Largely in western countries middle and upper classes, greater wealth. Intellectually, there was a sense of democracy amongst elites, so it was the ultimate political goal.