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The Handbook of Political, Social, and Economic Transformation$
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Wolfgang Merkel, Raj Kollmorgen, and Hans-Jürgen Wagener

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780198829911

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198829911.001.0001

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Democracy Promotion

Democracy Promotion

(p.447) Chapter 42 Democracy Promotion
The Handbook of Political, Social, and Economic Transformation

Julia Leininger

Oxford University Press

Studying democracy promotion has become a field of transformation research. It focuses on the interaction between domestic and international factors of democratic transformation. It is a young field of research which has diversified substantively since its beginnings in the mid-1990s. This chapter gives an overview of the state of the art of research on democracy promotion. It outlines common conceptions of democracy promotion and addresses the challenges of measuring international and transnational support for democracy. While a theory of democracy promotion is still missing, this chapter presents empirical problems with democracy promotion and introduces research approaches that are suitable to address them. Finally, the chapter concludes with an outlook on the needs of future research on democracy promotion.

Keywords:   democratization, liberalism, illiberalism, diffusion, impact measurement, autocracy promotion

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