US Democracy Promotion: Critical Questions

Steve Smith

in American Democracy Promotion

Published in print August 2000 | ISBN: 9780199240975
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598999 | DOI:
 US Democracy Promotion: Critical Questions

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Questions the assumptions underlying US democracy promotion policies, namely, that democracy is a self‐evident and uncontentious concept and that the US‐style democracy is applicable across different cultures and societies. It argues that the US promotes a formal electoral model of democracy that dissociates politics from its socio–economic setting and is designed to advance American economic interests in the global system.

Keywords: culture; democracy promotion; economic interests; electoral democracy; USA

Chapter.  10225 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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