Liberal Interventionism and Democracy Promotion, edited by Dursun Peksen, explores the extent to which various forms of foreign interventions and policy actors contribute to the spread of democracy. The contributors to this collection specifically evaluate the efficacy of four major tools-economic sanctions, foreign aid, external armed influences, and soft power-that are often used to advance political liberalization in authoritarian regimes. The book also assesses the performance of four major non-state actors-the International Monetary Fund, the United Nations, the European Union, and transnational human rights organizations-in spreading democracy. This collection is an essential contribution to the study of democracy promotion and international relations.
Dursun Peksen is assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at East Carolina University.
Chapter 1. Understanding the Domestic and International Sources of Democratization: An Introduction Part I. Foreign Policy Tools and Democracy Promotion Chapter 2. Funding Freedom? The United States and Democracy Aid, 1988-2001 Chapter 3. Economic Sanctions and International Democracy Promotion Chapter 4. Soft Power and the Question of Democratization Part II. Non-State Actors and Democracy Promotion Chapter 5. The International Monetary Fund and the Prospects for Democracy in the Developing World Chapter 6. The European Union Membership and Democracy Promotion: The Case of Turkey Chapter 7. Transnational NGO Activism Outside of Democracies: The Behavior and effect of Human Rights INGOs on Political Repression Chapter 8. The United Nations and Democracy Promotion: Assessing the Effectiveness of the UN's Democracy Fund and Electoral Assistance Division Chapter 9. Concluding Remarks: How Best to Promote Democracy Using Foreign Policy Tools