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American Democracy PromotionImpulses, Strategies, and Impacts$
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Michael Cox, John Ikenberry, and Takashi Inoguchi

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780199240975

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199240973.001.0001

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Promoting Capitalist Polyarchy: The Case of Latin America

Promoting Capitalist Polyarchy: The Case of Latin America

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(p.308) 14 Promoting Capitalist Polyarchy: The Case of Latin America
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American Democracy Promotion
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William Robinson

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199240973.003.0015

Argues that the shift in the US policy from supporting authoritarianism to promoting polyarchy in much of the Third World corresponds to the emergence of a global capitalist economy and is meant to ‘make the world safe for capital’. Authoritarianism is seen as an increasingly ineffective mechanism of social control and is replaced by polyarchic regimes that do not pursue any fundamental class redistribution of political and economic power. The author examines some instances of US polyarchy promotion in Latin America.

Keywords:   authoritarianism, capitalism, global economy, globalization, Latin America, polyarchy, redistribution, social control, Third World, USA

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