Civil Society and Democracy Promotion

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

 Civil Society and Democracy Promotion

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This chapter argues that civil society’s perceptions of the relationship between democracy on one hand, and development, security, conflict and globalisation on the other, were less than straightforward. For some NGOs democracy was a legitimate political crusade; for others it was anathema to cultural heterogeneity and practical development needs; for most it was a welcome yet somewhat fuzzy dimension of international policy that was influential in orienting many elements of civil society but absent in name from their stated priorities.

Keywords: NGO; democracy; civil society; human rights

Chapter.  19459 words. 

Subjects: Politics

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