Cracks in the Consensus: Debating the Democracy Agenda in U.S. Foreign Policy

Overview

Since the 1980s a remarkable consensus has emerged in U.S. foreign policy based on three main pillars: democracy, free trade, and open markets. The free trade and open markets issues currently are being debated in Congress, but recent events in Russia, Bosnia, Mexico, and Haiti (among others) force us to reexamine the democracy-fostering aspects of U.S. policy as well. Howard J. Wiarda offers a probing analysis of U.S. democracy/elections policy, exploring both the positive aspects of the policy and its negative ...
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Overview

Since the 1980s a remarkable consensus has emerged in U.S. foreign policy based on three main pillars: democracy, free trade, and open markets. The free trade and open markets issues currently are being debated in Congress, but recent events in Russia, Bosnia, Mexico, and Haiti (among others) force us to reexamine the democracy-fostering aspects of U.S. policy as well. Howard J. Wiarda offers a probing analysis of U.S. democracy/elections policy, exploring both the positive aspects of the policy and its negative implications. His volume ranges widely across countries and regions to examine Russia, Eastern Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America. It wrestles with the complex issues raised by the elections/democracy agenda and concludes with a series of recommendations for analysts and policymakers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275961008
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/28/1997
  • Series: Washington Papers Series
  • Pages: 124
  • Lexile: 1520L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.26 (d)

Meet the Author

HOWARD J. WIARDA is Professor of Foreign Policy and Political Science and holds the Leonard J. Horwitz Chair of Latin American and Iberian Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He is also Senior Associate of the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
1 The Democracy Agenda in U.S. Foreign Policy 1
American Exceptionalism 1
The Democracy Agenda 4
The Wilsonian Tradition in Foreign Policy 9
The Emergence of Consensus on the Democracy/Elections Policy 13
Overview 17
2 Case Studies: The Diversity of Democracy 19
Russia 20
China and Asia 27
Eastern Europe 31
Islamic Society 37
Africa 41
3 Case Studies: Latin America 49
Mexico 51
Haiti 57
Peru and Gautemala 62
Venezuela 67
The Dominican Republic 71
4 Conclusion and Policy Recommendations 76
Notes 88
Select Bibliography 95
Index 101
About the Author 107
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