Journal article

Wilson Victorious? Understanding Democracy Promotion in the Midst of a "'Backlash"

Michele Acuto

ALTERNATIVES | SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC | Published : 2008

Abstract

Many authors have issued anxious warnings about a disturbing "backlash against democracy" - this in spite of the growing affirmation of democracy as an international standard against which other systems are measured. This article considers the role of democracy promotion, which is understood as activities aimed at assisting in consolidating, disseminating, and advocating democratic governance in this context. The theoretical framework in which the promotion debate occurs is high-lighted in order to show how the concept of "democracy" is socially constructed and interpreted in different ways by the various promoters. The article examines the main targets of this activity (state structures and..

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