American Democracy Promotion: Impulses, Strategies, and Impacts / Edition 1

Paperback (Print)
Buy New
Buy New from
Buy Used
Buy Used from
(Save 32%)
Item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging.
Condition: Used – Good details
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $1.99
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 97%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (16) from $1.99   
  • New (5) from $56.94   
  • Used (11) from $1.99   


This is a wide-ranging discussion of American efforts to recast the international order in its own political image. The contributions given by a distinguished group of analysts are as diverse as they are challenging to traditional ways of thinking about US democracy promotion. As we enter into the 21st century 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 and least understood aspects of American foreign policy.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Consisting of fifteen illuminating essays, American Democracy Promotion offers a vigorous debate about the current direction of U.S. Foreign Policy. Anyone interested in international affairs-which should be all of us-should read this truly path-breaking book."—Douglas Brinkley, University of New Orleans

"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

"This superb collection of essays tackles the swirl of debates and questions surrounding the post-Cold War American promotion of democracy...hugely impressive...It represents the most important published attempt to come to grips with an issue which lies at the heart of contemporary international politics."—The World Today

"Exceptionally valuable and thoughtful book...since the end of the Cold War, US rhetoric about the promotion of democracy has assumed new force and some new funding. Fifteen scholars here investigate the current state of play."—International Affairs

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199240975
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 11/9/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 5.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

University of Wales

University of Pennsylvania

Institute of Oriental Culture, University of Tokyo

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Introduction, Michael Cox, G. John Ikenberry and Takashi Inoguchi
Part I: US Democracy Promotion in Theory
1. Peace, Liberty and Democracy: Realists and Liberals Contest a Legacy, Michael Doyle
2. US Democracy Promotion: Realist Reflections, Randall Schweller
3. US Democracy Promotion: Critical Questions, Steve Smith
Part II: Democracy Promotion as US Grand Strategy?
4. National Security Liberalism and American Foreign Policy, Tony Smith
5. America's Liberal Grand Strategy: Democracy and National Security in the Post-War Era, G. John Ikenberry
6. America's Identity, Democracy Promotion and National Interests: Beyond Realism, Beyond Idealism, Henry Nau
Part III: US Democracy Promotion: the Domestic Context
7. Promotion of Democracy as a Popular Demand?, Ole R. Holsti
8. Taking Stock of US Democracy Assistance, Thomas Carothers
9. High Stakes and Low Intensity Democracy: Understanding America's Policy of Promoting Democracy, Jason Ralph
10. Wilsonianism Resurgent? The Clinton Administration and the Promotion of Democracy, Michael Cox
Part IV: US Democracy Promotion in Practice
11. Russia: Limping along towards American Democracy?, Peter Rutland
12. Three Frameworks in Search of a Policy: US Democracy Promotion in Asia-Pacific, Takashi Inoguchi
13. The Impasse of Third World Democratization: Africa Revisited, Georg Sorensen
14. Promoting Capitalist Polyarchy: The Case of Latin America, William Robinson
15. American Power, Neo-Liberal Globalization and Low Intensity Democracy: an Unstable Trinity, Barry Gills

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)