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Wilsonianism Resurgent? The Clinton Administration and the Promotion of Democracy

Michael Cox

in American Democracy Promotion

Published in print August 2000 | ISBN: 9780199240975
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598999 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199240973.003.0011
 Wilsonianism Resurgent? The Clinton Administration and the Promotion of Democracy

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Explores the many facets of democracy promotion as a grand foreign policy strategy during the Clinton administration. It argues that far from being a Wilsonian idealist, Clinton viewed democracy promotion as a pragmatic strategy to enhance US influence worldwide. In his integrated worldview, there was no necessary conflict between global order, market economics, and democracy promotion. All three were intimately connected and could reinforce each other.

Keywords: Clinton administration; democracy promotion; foreign policy; global order; idealism; market economics; pragmatism; USA; Wilsonianism

Chapter.  11648 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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