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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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American Power, Neo‐liberal Economic Globalization, and Low‐Intensity Democracy: An Unstable Trinity

American Power, Neo‐liberal Economic Globalization, and Low‐Intensity Democracy: An Unstable Trinity

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(p.326) 15 American Power, Neo‐liberal Economic Globalization, and Low‐Intensity Democracy: An Unstable Trinity
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American Democracy Promotion
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Barry K. Gills

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199240973.003.0016

Argues that the US promotes a ‘low‐intensity democracy’, i.e. a formal electoral democracy that is not conducive to real economic progress for the majority, and is designed to facilitate the expansion of the neoliberal economic globalization. The paradox is that while neoliberal globalization weakens labour and other dissenting social forces, it also stimulates the mobilization of these social forces into active resistance. This can ultimately destabilize the global and national orders.

Keywords:   dissent, electoral democracy, globalization, labour, mobilization, neoliberalism, resistance, social forces, stability, USA

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