Democracy and Western Strategic Interests

Richard Youngs

in International Democracy and the West

Published in print November 2004 | ISBN: 9780199274468
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602030 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Democratization

 Democracy and Western Strategic Interests

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This chapter examines Western powers’ democracy promotion strategies. It contrasts Western perceptions on democratic change in relation to three conceptually distinct security logics: managing states of strategic concern, the preservation of alliances, and the management of conflict within developing states. Support was forthcoming for very gradual processes of political change, through a combination of bottom-up direct initiatives and support for top-heavy political structures to manage reform processes.

Keywords: democracy promotion; democratic change; security

Chapter.  24407 words. 

Subjects: Politics

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