Why does the United States promote democracy? How successful has it been? And why do critics often attack it for doing so? These are at least three of the questions examined in this wide-ranging discussion of American efforts to recast the international order in its own political image. The answers provided by a distinguished group of analysts are as diverse as they are challenging to traditional ways of thinking about US democracy promotion in terms of either a misconstrued moralism or an ideological facade masking some deeper, more sinister purpose. As we enter into the Twenty First century with American hegemony intact, it is vital to understand what drives the world's last remaining superpower. And this original study helps us do precisely that by exploring in detail and depth one of the more contentious, least analysed and most misunderstood aspects of American foreign policy.
PART I: US DEMOCRACY PROMOTION IN THEORY
1. Peace, Liberty and Democracy: Realists and Liberals Contest a Legacy
2. US Democracy Promotion: Realist Reflections
3. US Democracy Promotion: Critical Questions
PART II: DEMOCRACY PROMOTION AS US GRAND STRATEGY?
4. National Security Liberalism and American Foreign Policy
5. America's Liberal Grand Strategy: Democracy and National Security in the Post-War Era
6. America's Identity, Democracy Promotion and National Interests: Beyond Realism, Beyond Idealism
PART III: US DEMOCRACY PROMOTION: THE DOMESTIC CONTEXT
7. Promotion of Democracy as a Popular Demand?
8. Taking Stock of US Democracy Assistance
9. High Stakes and Low Intensity Democracy: Understanding America's Policy of Promoting Democracy
10. Wilsonianism Resurgent? The Clinton Administration and the Promotion of Democracy
PART IV: US DEMOCRACY PROMOTION IN PRACTICE
11. Russia: Limping along towards American Democracy?
12. Three Frameworks in Search of a Policy: US Democracy Promotion in Asia-Pacific
13. The Impasse of Third World Democratization: Africa Revisited
14. Promoting Capitalist Polyarchy: The Case of Latin America
15. American Power, Neo-Liberal Globalization and Low Intensity Democracy: an Unstable Trinity