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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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‘High Stakes’ and ‘Low‐Intensity Democracy’: Understanding America's Policy of Promoting Democracy

‘High Stakes’ and ‘Low‐Intensity Democracy’: Understanding America's Policy of Promoting Democracy

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American Democracy Promotion

Jason G. Ralph

Oxford University Press

Explores the gap between rhetoric and practice in the American policy of promoting democracy. It attributes it to the US, promoting two inconsistent goals at the same time: democratization and free market capitalism. This is not because the US responds only to corporate interests. Instead, this policy mix stems from America's image of its own success: at the time of its foundation, democratic development was compatible with economic individualism due to extraordinary socio–economic circumstances. However, given the contemporary socio–economic circumstances of new democracies, it would be more appropriate to promote social democracy rather than liberal democracy.

Keywords:   corporate interests, democracy promotion, democratization, free market capitalism, individualism, liberal democracy, practice, rhetoric, social democracy, USA

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