The contingent nature of democracy promotion

Scott Walker

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The set of works reviewed here suggest that the problems inherent in post-Cold War democracy promotion cannot be explained solely by policy failures. Attempts to push for democracy have been met with resistance, whether in response to the imposition of democracy or to 'softer' approaches. Collectively, the research in these volumes suggests that if democratization efforts are to succeed, those who hope to promote them must be more reflective about their own role in the process and cognizant of the fact that democracy promotion efforts are subject to political forces at the domestic, global and intermestic levels.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2-10
Number of pages9
JournalPolitical Studies Review
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Democracy
  • Democracy promotion
  • Peacekeeping
  • Post-conflict reconstruction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Political Science and International Relations


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