While theory plays an important role in trying to understand and resolve the difficulties in making the transition to democracy, Stotzky argues that theory must be grounded in the real conditions of a country's society. Silencing the Guns in Haiti offers that grounding, showing how Haiti's history of political corruption and its rigid class structure led not only to the bloody dictatorship that ruled the country from 1991 to 1994 but to its current dilemmas as well.
For Haiti to escape the repetition of history, its governmental institutions must incorporate the goals of deliberative democracy to foster a moral consciousness among its people. Mixing praise and blame for the actions taken by the Haitian government and the United States, Stotzky contends that the new system can take hold only if Haitian citizens come to respect the rule of law rather than live in fear of it. An unusual blend of political, historical, and moral concerns, Silencing the Guns in Haiti recounts Haiti's halting and uncertain quest for democracy from the perspective of someone who played a leading part in every stage of that process.
|Publisher:||University of Chicago Press|
|Series:||The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Series on Mental Health and De Ser.|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)|
Table of ContentsPreface
Ch. 1: A Democratic Vision for Haiti
Ch. 2: International Efforts to Restore Aristide to the Presidency
Ch. 3: Haiti since Aristide's Return: A Preliminary View
Ch. 4: Searching for Democratic Alternatives in Support of Human Rights
Ch. 5: A Democratic Vision
Ch. 6: The Difficulties of the Transition
Ch. 7: The Aristide Government's Proposal: Strategy of Social and Economic Reconstruction
Ch. 8: Haiti since Aristide's Return: A Closer Look