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American Power, Neo‐liberal Economic Globalization, and Low‐Intensity Democracy: An Unstable Trinity

Barry K. Gills

in American Democracy Promotion

Published in print August 2000 | ISBN: 9780199240975
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598999 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199240973.003.0016
 American Power, Neo‐liberal Economic Globalization, and Low‐Intensity Democracy: An Unstable Trinity

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Argues that the US promotes a ‘low‐intensity democracy’, i.e. a formal electoral democracy that is not conducive to real economic progress for the majority, and is designed to facilitate the expansion of the neoliberal economic globalization. The paradox is that while neoliberal globalization weakens labour and other dissenting social forces, it also stimulates the mobilization of these social forces into active resistance. This can ultimately destabilize the global and national orders.

Keywords: dissent; electoral democracy; globalization; labour; mobilization; neoliberalism; resistance; social forces; stability; USA

Chapter.  9107 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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