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The Comparative International Politics of Democracy Promotion

edited by Jonas Wolff, Hans-Joachim Spanger and Hans-Jürgen Puhle
Abingdon, Oxon ; New York : Routledge, 2014.
Democratization studies
9780415826945 (hardback), 0415826942 (hardback), 9781315889870 (ebook), 1315889870 (ebook)
"Though scholarly attention to democracy promotion is increasing, there is still little comparative and theoretically-based work on the protagonists of democracy promotion. This book investigates the motives that drive democracy promotion in a comparative and theoretically oriented manner, exploring how democracy promoters deal with conflicting objectives and the factors that shape their behaviour. It also addresses the more policy-oriented debate on the contemporary challenges to democracy promotion, focusing on US and German policies towards three kinds of challenges: the emergence of 'radical' leftist governments in Bolivia and Ecuador, the political rise of Islamist movements in Turkey and Pakistan, and the consolidation of (semi-)authoritarian rule in Belarus and Russia. In each case, North-Western democracy promoters have been confronted with serious conflicts of objectives between security, economic interests and democracy promotion. The analysis and comparison of such situations in which democracy promoters have to deal with competing objectives and make tough decisions provides powerful evidence as to the factors that shape democracy promotion." -- Publisher website.
  • Notes on contributors
  • Preface
  • Acknowledgements
  • List of abbreviations
  • Part I. A comparative perspective on democracy promotion
  • Democracy promoters' conflicitng objectives : the research agenda / Jonas Wolff and Hans-Joachim Spanger
  • Freedom fighter versus civilian power : an ideal-type comparison of US and German conceptions of democracy promotion / Annika E. Poppe, Bentje Woitschach and Jonas Wolff
  • Norms versus interests : the determinants across the cases / Daniel Schewe and Jonal Wolff
  • Part II. Case studies on German and US democracy promotion
  • Democracy promotion in Bolivia : the 'democratic revolution' of Evo Morales / Jonas Wolff
  • Democracy promotion in Ecuador : the 'citizens' revolution' / Jonas Wolff
  • Democracy promotion in Turkey : the rise of political Islam / Cemal Karakas
  • Democracy promotion in Pakistan : the rise and fall of General Musharraf / Niels Graf and Iris Worum
  • Democracy promotion in Belarus : dealing with 'Europe's last dictatorship' / Azar Babayev
  • Democracy promotion in Russia : the ambivalent challege posed by Putinism / Hans-Joachim Spanger
  • Part III. Results and conclusions
  • Democracy promotion as international politics : comparative analysis, theoretical and practical implications / Jonas Wolff
  • Index.
xvii, 292 pages : ill. ; 24 cm.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Democratization studies ; 23
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