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Democracy in the desert: civil society, nation-building and empire

Faguet, Jean-Paul ORCID: 0000-0002-7188-0098 (2004) Democracy in the desert: civil society, nation-building and empire. Crisis States Research Centre discussion papers (3). Crisis States Research Centre, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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The new era of US empire commenced with decisive military victories in Afghanistan and Iraq. But the aftermath of war has proved surprisingly difficult and violent. Explanations of the US'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 US 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 (Discussion Paper)
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Additional Information: © 2004 Jean-Paul Faguet
Divisions: STICERD
International Development
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
J Political Science > JC Political theory
D History General and Old World > DS Asia
Sets: Research centres and groups > Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines (STICERD)
Research centres and groups > Crisis States Research Centre
Departments > International Development
Date Deposited: 15 Jun 2010 11:13
Last Modified: 30 Jan 2021 00:21

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