The Democracy Advantage: How Democracies Promote Prosperity and Peace

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For decades, policies pursued by the U.S. and other industrialized nations towards the developing world have been based on a dirty little secret kept among policy experts: that democracy and poor countries don't mix. Turning this long-held view on its head, The Democracy Advantage makes a bold case that they do.
In this timely and path-breaking book. Morton H. Halperin, Joseph T. Siegle, and Michael M. Weinstein dismantle the conventional wisdom that democratic reforms are destabilizing and that the West must rely on authoritarian regimes in order to create a middle class that will support democracy.
 

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Contents

Prologue
xiii
Exposing a 50YearOld Myth
1
Setting the Record Right
25
Sustaining New Democracies
65
Democracy and Security
93
Making Development Safe for Democracy
135
Democracy as the Default Option
175
Bringing Democracy to the Center of Development
203
The Great Race
231
Appendices
241
Endnotes
251
Bibliography
271
Index
283
About the Authors
289
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About the author (2005)

Morton Halperin is one of America's most respected foreign policy analysts and served in the Clinton, Nixon, and Johnson administrations. He taught at Harvard and is currently the Senior Vice President of the Center for American Progress.
Joseph T. Siegle has done extensive research pn developing countries and is the Douglas Dillon Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.
Michael Weinstein is Director of Programs for the Robin Hood Foundation and publishes frequently on the editorial pages of The New York Times.

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