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The Democracy Promotion Paradox

Lincoln A. Mitchell (author)

ISBN: 9780815727026

Publication Date: Apr 2016

Format: Paperback

Examines the numerous inconsistencies and paradoxes that lie at the heart of the theory and practice of democracy promotion. Lincoln A. Mitchell provides an overview of the origins of US democracy promotion, analyzes its development and evolution over the last decades, and discusses how it came to be an unquestioned assumption at the core of US foreign policy.
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Explore the numerous paradoxes at the heart of the theory and practice of democracy promotion.

The Democracy Promotion Paradox raises difficult but critically important issues by probing the numerous inconsistencies and paradoxes that lie at the heart of the theory and practice of democracy promotion. For example, the United States frequently crafts policies to promote democracy that rely on cooperation with undemocratic governments; democracy promoters view their work as minor yet also of critical importance to the United States and the countries where they work; and many who work in the field of democracy promotion have an incomplete understanding of democracy. Similarly, in the domestic political context, both left and right critiques of democracy promotion are internally inconsistent.

Lincoln A. Mitchell provides an overview of the origins of U.S. democracy promotion, analyzes its development and evolution over the last decades, and discusses how it came to be an unquestioned assumption at the core of U.S. foreign policy. His discussion of the bureaucratic logic that underlies democracy promotion offers important insights into how it can be adapted to remain effective. Mitchell also examines the future of democracy promotion in the context of evolving U.S. domestic policy and politics and in a changed global environment in which the United States is no longer the hegemon.
Page Num 200
Dimensions 229 x 152
Pub Date 30 Apr 2016
Publisher Brookings Institution Press
Subject/s Politics & Government  
Lincoln Mitchell is a scholar, writer, and practitioner of democracy promotion. He was formerly on the faculty of Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs, USA and is currently the national political correspondent for the New York Observer. His previous books include Uncertain Democracy: U.S.Foreign Policy and Georgia's Rose Revolution and The Color Revolutions.

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