The Conceptual Politics of Democracy Promotion

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How do the meanings and concepts of 'democracy' influence real political events? How is policy implementation affected by the agendas of democracy promotion agencies, voters, and scholars? The Conceptual Politics of Democracy Promotion explores the frameworks underlying different notions of democracy, and how these influence political decisions. The alternate ways that democracy can be understood reflects specific interpretations of political and normative ideals, as well as being closely tied to social power ...

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Overview

How do the meanings and concepts of 'democracy' influence real political events? How is policy implementation affected by the agendas of democracy promotion agencies, voters, and scholars? The Conceptual Politics of Democracy Promotion explores the frameworks underlying different notions of democracy, and how these influence political decisions. The alternate ways that democracy can be understood reflects specific interpretations of political and normative ideals, as well as being closely tied to social power relations, interests, and struggles between political actors. The book's innovative conceptual approach re-examines the dominant cultural, historical and political approaches to democracy. It advances new guidelines on how key players can respond more fully to the challenges and dilemmas currently facing the global democracy promotion agenda. The Conceptual Politics of Democracy Promotion will be of interest to scholars and students of democracy and democratisation within the study of politics and international relations.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415596879
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/11/2011
  • Series: Democratization Studies Series
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 0.62 (w) x 0.92 (h) x 2.00 (d)

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Christopher Hobson is a Research Associate in the Peace and Security section, Institute for Sustainability and Peace, United Nations University.

Milja Kurki is a Lecturer in International Relations Theory in the International Politics Department at Aberystwyth University and the Principal Investigator of ‘Political Economies of Democratisation’ (European Research Council, 2008-2012).

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Conceptual Politics of Democracy Promotion Christopher Hobson and Milja Kurki Part I: Orientations 1. On "Cultivating" Democracy: Enlivening the Imagery for Democracy Promotion Laurence Whitehead 2. Conceptualizing Democratization and Democratizing Conceptualization: A Virtuous Circle Piki Ish Shalom 3. Liberalism and Democracy Promotion Beate Jahn 4. The Past and Future of Social Democracy and the Consequences for Democracy Promotion Sheri Berman 5. Democracy Promotion: Neoliberal vs. Social Democratic Telos Heikki Patomäki 6. Misunderstanding the Maladies of Liberal Democracy Promotion Richard Youngs Part II: Cases 7. The Conceptual Politics of Democracy Promotion in Bolivia Jonas Wolff 8. Liberal Democracy Promotion and Civil Society Strengthening in Ghana Gordon Crawford and Abdul-Gafaru Abdulai 9. Concepts of Democracy among Donors and Recipients of Democracy Promotion: An Empirical Pilot Study Valerie J. Bunce and Sharon L. Wolchik 10. Arab Democratization and the De-imagining of Authoritarian Community: Beyond Orientalism & Occidentalism Larbi Sadiki 11. The Conceptual Politics of Democracy in International Law Hilary Charlesworth 12. From ‘Fortunate Vagueness’ to ‘Democratic Globalism’: American Democracy Promotion as Imperialism Tony Smith Conclusion: Reflections on a New Approach in a New Era of Democracy Promotion Christopher Hobson and Milja Kurki

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