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


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This chapter discusses the evolution of Western actors’ democracy-related strategies. Governments, businesses and NGOs all showed increased concern for democratic trends, but their strategies were beset by uncertainty and ambivalence. A general feature to emerge was a common concern for encouraging islands of liberal rights protection, combined with a reluctance to link this to primary and overarching macro-level action on democracy.

Keywords: democracy; liberalism; social rights; NGO; government; business

Chapter.  5467 words. 

Subjects: Politics

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