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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

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

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199274460.003.0002

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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