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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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US Democracy Promotion: Critical Questions

US Democracy Promotion: Critical Questions

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(p.63) 3 US Democracy Promotion: Critical Questions
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American Democracy Promotion
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Steve Smith

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199240973.003.0004

Questions the assumptions underlying US democracy promotion policies, namely, that democracy is a self‐evident and uncontentious concept and that the US‐style democracy is applicable across different cultures and societies. It argues that the US promotes a formal electoral model of democracy that dissociates politics from its socio–economic setting and is designed to advance American economic interests in the global system.

Keywords:   culture, democracy promotion, economic interests, electoral democracy, USA

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