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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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The Impasse of Third World Democratization: Africa Revisited

The Impasse of Third World Democratization: Africa Revisited

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(p.287) 13 The Impasse of Third World Democratization: Africa Revisited
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American Democracy Promotion
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Georg Sørensen

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199240973.003.0014

Argues that although many Third World countries have experienced democratic openings, a large part of them are stuck in the initial phases of a democratic transition. International actors have contributed to this outcome in the following ways: (1) failing to appreciate the role of nationalism and political community; (2) overemphasizing economic and political liberalism; (3) supporting elite‐dominated democracies. It explores the connection between democratization and state strength, citing examples of transitions in Africa.

Keywords:   Africa, democratic transition, democratization, elites, international actors, liberalism, nationalism, political community, state strength, Third World

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