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International Democracy and the WestThe Roles of Governments, Civil Society, and Multinational Business$
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Richard Youngs

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199274468

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0199274460.001.0001

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Democracy and Western Strategic Interests

Democracy and Western Strategic Interests

(p.27) 2 Democracy and Western Strategic Interests
International Democracy and the West

Richard Youngs

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines Western powers’ democracy promotion strategies. It contrasts Western perceptions on democratic change in relation to three conceptually distinct security logics: managing states of strategic concern, the preservation of alliances, and the management of conflict within developing states. Support was forthcoming for very gradual processes of political change, through a combination of bottom-up direct initiatives and support for top-heavy political structures to manage reform processes.

Keywords:   democracy promotion, democratic change, security

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