Liberal Interventionism and Democracy Promotion
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Liberal Interventionism and Democracy Promotion, edited by Dursun Peksen, explores the extent to which various forms of foreign interventions and policy actors contribute to the spread of democracy. The contributors to this collection specifically evaluate the efficacy of four major tools-economic sanctions, foreign aid, external armed influences, and soft power-that are often used to advance political liberalization in authoritarian regimes. The book also assesses the performance of four major non-state actors-the International Monetary Fund, the United Nations, the European Union, and transnational human rights organizations-in spreading democracy. This collection is an essential contribution to the study of democracy promotion and international relations.show more

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  • Paperback | 248 pages
  • 152.4 x 220.98 x 22.86mm | 385.55g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0739188097
  • 9780739188095

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Liberal Interventionism and Democracy Promotion is empirically rich collection of well-researched studies that illuminates how various external actors-states, international organizations such as the UN, IMF, and EU, and transnational non-governmental organizations-can further democratization in targeted countries. It addresses some key questions in the vast literature on democratization, offering in many respects an optimistic and occasionally provocative take on the ability of outside actors to promote democracy. It deserves a wide audience among both academics and policy-makers. -- Paul Kubicek, Oakland University This is a welcome, finely wrought volume about the oft-misunderstood problem of liberal interventionism. Peksen and his analysts have offered an empirical analysis with a broad sweep that reveals some surprising answers to conventional wisdom. This sophisticated treatment sheds light on enduring questions, and opens a variety of new ones. -- KC Morrison, Mississippi State University This edited volume is different from the plethora of studies devoted to democratic transition in many ways. First, it sheds new light on the importance of adding international dimension to the analysis of democratization, a dimension that has been nonchalantly shoved to the margin by many scholars in the field. Second, the contributors take a systematic approach in examining all external influences and effectiveness of foreign policy tools on democratization. The bulk of the discussion centers on two main issues. The first issue is the efficacy of foreign policy tools (i.e., 'economic aid, economic sanctions, foreign military intervention, and soft power') in advancing democratization. The second issue is the pervasiveness of EU, the IMF, the UN, and transnational human rights groups in promoting and defending democratic processes and institutions. It is a must read for those interested in understanding the whole processes of democratization, especially in the developing world. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. CHOICE The broad approach taken by Peksen is an obvious strength of this book, which is supported by a combination of case studies and a whole range of quantitative data from such sources around the world as USAID, Freedom House, and Polity IV...Liberal Interventionism and Democracy Promotion is a well-researched book that deserves scholarly attention. The book's provocative findings stand in sharp contrast to the preponderance of current scholarship on the topic. International Social Science Reviewshow more

About Dursun Peksen

Dursun Peksen is assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at East Carolina University.show more

Table of contents

Chapter 1. Understanding the Domestic and International Sources of Democratization: An Introduction Part I. Foreign Policy Tools and Democracy Promotion Chapter 2. Funding Freedom? The United States and Democracy Aid, 1988-2001 Chapter 3. Economic Sanctions and International Democracy Promotion Chapter 4. Soft Power and the Question of Democratization Part II. Non-State Actors and Democracy Promotion Chapter 5. The International Monetary Fund and the Prospects for Democracy in the Developing World Chapter 6. The European Union Membership and Democracy Promotion: The Case of Turkey Chapter 7. Transnational NGO Activism Outside of Democracies: The Behavior and effect of Human Rights INGOs on Political Repression Chapter 8. The United Nations and Democracy Promotion: Assessing the Effectiveness of the UN's Democracy Fund and Electoral Assistance Division Chapter 9. Concluding Remarks: How Best to Promote Democracy Using Foreign Policy Toolsshow more

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