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American Democracy Promotion: Impulses, Strategies, and Impacts

Michael Cox, John Ikenberry, and Takashi Inoguchi


Democracy promotion has assumed greater importance since the end of the cold war, particularly in the US foreign policy. This book examines the American experience with the advancement of democracy worldwide. First, it explores to what extent classical political theory—particularly realism and liberalism—help us understand democracy promotion. Secondly, it looks at the strategic and political motivations behind this policy and how it relates to other key goals in US international relations. Finally, it considers the impact that American democracy promotion has had in different regions and coun ... More

Keywords: Cold War, democracy promotion, foreign policy, international relations, liberalism, motivation, political theory, realism, USA

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Print publication date: 2000 Print ISBN-13: 9780199240975
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0199240973.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Cox, editor
University of Wales
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John Ikenberry, editor
University of Pennsylvania

Takashi Inoguchi, editor
The United Nations University
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Michael Cox, G. John Ikenberry and Takashi Inoguchi

I US Democracy Promotion in Theory

II Democracy Promotion as US ‘Grand Strategy’?

III US Democracy Promotion: The Domestic Context

IV US Democracy Promotion in Practice

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