Promoting Polyarchy: Globalization, US Intervention, and Hegemony

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Cambridge University Press, Aug 22, 1996 - Political Science - 466 pages
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Promoting Polyarchy is an exciting, detailed, and controversial work on the apparent change in US foreign policy from supporting dictatorships to an 'open' promotion of 'democratic' regimes. William I. Robinson argues that behind the fašade of 'democracy promotion', the policy is designed more to retain the elite-based and undemocratic status quo of Third World countries than to encourage mass aspirations for democratization. He supports this challenging argument with a wealth of information garnered from field work and hitherto unpublished government documents, and assembled in case studies of the Philippines, Chile, Nicaragua, Haiti, South Africa, and the former Soviet Bloc. With its combination of theoretical and historical analysis, empirical argument, and bold claims, Promoting Polyarchy is an essential book for anyone concerned with democracy, globalization and international affairs.

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From EastWest to NorthSouth US intervention in the new world order
From straight power concepts to persuasion in US foreign policy
Political operations in US foreign policy
The Philippines Molded in the image of American democracy
Chile Ironing out a fluke of the political system
Nicaragua From lowintensity warfare to lowintensity democracy
Haiti The practically insolvable problem of establishing consensual domination
Conclusions The future of polyarchy and global society
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About the author (1996)

William I. Robinson received his Ph.D. in Sociology and M.A. in Latin American Studies at the University of New Mexico, and B.A. in Journalism (major) and International Studies (minor) at Friends World College, Huntington, N.Y., including four years of study in Kenya, Nigeria and Costa Rica as an undergraduate. He is currently an Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Global Studies, and Latin American and Iberian Studies, University of California at Santa Barbara. He has authored numerous books on globalization, including A Theory of Global Capitalism: Production, Class and State in a Transnational World Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004; Transnational Conflicts: Central America, Social Change and Globalization London: Verso, 2003; Promoting Polyarchy: Globalization, U.S. Intervention, and Hegemony Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996; A Faustian Bargain: U.S. Intervention in the Nicaraguan Elections and American Foreign Policy In the Post Cold War Era Boulder: Westview Press, 1992, and David and Goliath: The U.S. War Against Nicaragua New York: Monthly Review Press, with Kent Norsworthy (also published by Zed Press, London), 1987. He has also contributed to a number of books and journals on globalization.

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