Deferring Democracy: Promoting Openness in Authoritarian Regimes

Deferring Democracy: Promoting Openness in Authoritarian Regimes

by Catharin E. Dalpino
     
 

ISBN-10: 0815717016

ISBN-13: 9780815717010

Pub. Date: 11/28/2000

Publisher: Brookings Institution Press

The democratic surge in the past twenty years has led many Americans to assume that all societies are, or should be, making progress toward becoming practicing democracies. Many in the United States approach countries such as China, Iran, and Vietnam with impatience and bewilderment. These seemingly intransigent holdouts are the subject of intense policy debates,

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The democratic surge in the past twenty years has led many Americans to assume that all societies are, or should be, making progress toward becoming practicing democracies. Many in the United States approach countries such as China, Iran, and Vietnam with impatience and bewilderment. These seemingly intransigent holdouts are the subject of intense policy debates, not in the least because they also play important roles in U.S. security and economic policy. This book takes a fresh look at the prospects for political change in these countries and argues that immediate opportunities exist to advance political liberalization, with the possibility that democratization will follow in the mid to long term. But to encourage these trends, the United States must de-emphasize short-term human rights and democracy strategies to focus on more subtle attitudinal and institutional changes in both state and society, and develop new policy measures to enlarge political space.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780815717010
Publisher:
Brookings Institution Press
Publication date:
11/28/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
104
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

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