American Democracy Promotion: Impulses, Strategies, and Impacts

Paperback | August 1, 2000

EditorMichael Cox, John Ikenberry, Takashi Inoguchi

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Why does the United States promote democracy? How successful has it been? And why do critics often attack it for doing so? These are at least three of the questions examined in this wide-ranging discussion of American efforts to recast the international order in its own political image. Theanswers provided by a distinguished group of analysts are as diverse as they are challenging to traditional ways of thinking about US democracy promotion in terms of either a misconstrued moralism or an ideological facade masking some deeper, more sinister purpose. As we enter into the Twenty Firstcentury with American hegemony intact, it is vital to understand what drives the world's last remaining superpower. And this original study helps us do precisely that by exploring in detail and depth one of the more contentious, least analysed and most misunderstood aspects of American foreignpolicy.

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Why does the United States promote democracy? How successful has it been? And why do critics often attack it for doing so? These are at least three of the questions examined in this wide-ranging discussion of American efforts to recast the international order in its own political image. Theanswers provided by a distinguished group of a...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.79 inPublished:August 1, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Michael Cox, G. John Ikenberry and Takashi Inoguchi: IntroductionPart I: US Democracy Promotion in Theory1. Michael Doyle: Peace, Liberty and Democracy: Realists and Liberals Contest a Legacy2. Randall Schweller: US Democracy Promotion: Realist Reflections3. Steve Smith: US Democracy Promotion: Critical QuestionsPart II: Democracy Promotion as US Grand Strategy?4. Tony Smith: National Security Liberalism and American Foreign Policy5. G. John Ikenberry: America's Liberal Grand Strategy: Democracy and National Security in the Post-War Era6. Henry Nau: America's Identity, Democracy Promotion and National Interests: Beyond Realism, Beyond IdealismPart III: US Democracy Promotion: the Domestic Context7. Ole R. Holsti: Promotion of Democracy as a Popular Demand?8. Thomas Carothers: Taking Stock of US Democracy Assistance9. Jason Ralph: High Stakes and Low Intensity Democracy: Understanding America's Policy of Promoting Democracy10. Michael Cox: Wilsonianism Resurgent? The Clinton Administration and the Promotion of DemocracyPart IV: US Democracy Promotion in Practice11. Peter Rutland: Russia: Limping along towards American Democracy?12. Takashi Inoguchi: Three Frameworks in Search of a Policy: US Democracy Promotion in Asia-Pacific13. Georg Sorensen: The Impasse of Third World Democratization: Africa Revisited14. William Robinson: Promoting Capitalist Polyarchy: The Case of Latin America15. Barry Gills: American Power, Neo-Liberal Globalization and Low Intensity Democracy: an Unstable Trinity

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`This is a probing and fascinating examination of the role of democracy-promotion in the past history and current practice of United States foreign policy. For anyone interested in this subject, this book is indispensable.'Melvyn Leffley, University of Virginia