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The Democracy Promotion Paradox

Lincoln A. Mitchell
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Published
Washington, D.C. : Brookings Institution Press, [2016]
Language
English
ISBN
9780815727026, 081572702X, 9780815727033, 9780815727040
Summary
"Explore the numerous paradoxes at the heart of the theory and practice of democracy promotion. The Democracy Promotion Paradox raises difficult but critically important issues by probing the numerous inconsistencies and paradoxes that lie at the heart of the theory and practice of democracy promotion. For example, the United States frequently crafts policies to encourage democracy that rely on cooperation with undemocratic governments; democracy promoters view their work as minor yet also of critical importance to the United States and the countries where they work; and many who work in the field of democracy promotion have an incomplete understanding of democracy. Similarly, in the domestic political context, both left and right critiques of democracy promotion are internally inconsistent. Lincoln A. Mitchell provides an overview of the origins of U.S. democracy promotion, analyzes its development and evolution over the last decades, and discusses how it came to be an unquestioned assumption at the core of U.S. foreign policy. His discussion of the bureaucratic logic that underlies democracy promotion offers important insights into how it can be adapted to remain effective. Mitchell also examines the future of democracy promotion in the context of evolving U.S. domestic policy and politics and in a changed global environment in which the United States is no longer the hegemon"--
Contents
  • Democracy promotion before and during the Cold War
  • Democracy promotion since the Cold War
  • Paradoxes of implementation
  • Democracy and democracy promotion
  • The politics of democracy promotion
  • Democracy promotion and American power
  • The future of democracy promotion.
Description
xii, 222 pages ; 23 cm
Notes
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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