The Impasse of Third World Democratization: Africa Revisited

Georg Sørensen

in American Democracy Promotion

Published in print August 2000 | ISBN: 9780199240975
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598999 | DOI:
 The Impasse of Third World Democratization: Africa Revisited

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Argues that although many Third World countries have experienced democratic openings, a large part of them are stuck in the initial phases of a democratic transition. International actors have contributed to this outcome in the following ways: (1) failing to appreciate the role of nationalism and political community; (2) overemphasizing economic and political liberalism; (3) supporting elite‐dominated democracies. It explores the connection between democratization and state strength, citing examples of transitions in Africa.

Keywords: Africa; democratic transition; democratization; elites; international actors; liberalism; nationalism; political community; state strength; Third World

Chapter.  10605 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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