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Building democracy in quicksand: America, altruism and empire

Faguet, Jean-Paul ORCID: 0000-0002-7188-0098 (2003) Building democracy in quicksand: America, altruism and empire. . Crisis States Research Centre, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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The new era of American empire commenced with decisive military victories in Afghanistan and Iraq. But the aftermath of war has proved surprisingly difficult and violent. Explanations of America’s failure to win the peace have largely overlooked the inherent difficulty of planting democracy in so inhospitable a social environment as Iraq’s. This paper examines the prospects for American empire, focusing on the problem of nation-building, and in particular the role of a well-functioning civil society in making democracy work.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
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Additional Information: © 2004 Jean-Paul Faguet
Divisions: International Development
Subjects: J Political Science > JK Political institutions (United States)
Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2010 11:42
Last Modified: 07 Jan 2021 01:08

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