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 faade 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 He supports this challenging argument with a wealth of information garnered from field work and hitherto unpublished government documents, and assembled in case studies of the Philippines, Chile, Nicaragua, Haiti, South Africa, and the former Soviet Bloc.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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Contents

From EastWest to NorthSouth US intervention in the new world order
1
From straight power concepts to persuasion in US foreign policy
13
Political operations in US foreign policy
73
The Philippines Molded in the image of American democracy
117
Chile Ironing out a fluke of the political system
146
Nicaragua From lowintensity warfare to lowintensity democracy
201
Haiti The practically insolvable problem of establishing consensual domination
256
Conclusions The future of polyarchy and global society
317
Notes
386
Select bibliography
442
Index
451
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