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Building democracy in quicksand: America, altruism and empire

Faguet, Jean-Paul (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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Abstract

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)
Official URL: http://www.crisisstates.com/Publications/publicati...
Additional Information: © 2004 Jean-Paul Faguet
Library of Congress subject classification: J Political Science > JK Political institutions (United States)
Sets: Research centres and groups > Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines (STICERD)
Departments > International Development
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2010 11:42
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/27239/

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