The tragedy of liberal diplomacy: democratization, intervention, statebuilding (part II)

Jahn, Beate (2007) The tragedy of liberal diplomacy: democratization, intervention, statebuilding (part II). Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding, 1 (2). pp. 211-229. ISSN 1750-2977

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The first part of this paper (in the previous issue) showed that the democracy promotion policies often perceived as characteristic of the New World Order are not so new. Rather, they were an integral part of the modernization theories and policies of the Cold War era. This second part of the paper shows that the democracy transition paradigm is based on precisely the same liberal assumptions as its predecessor and that, like the former, its theories and policies have widely been identified as failing. This failure leads to interventionist and statebuilding policies which in turn trigger resistances in target countries; a pattern already familiar from the Cold War period. We are confronted, thus, neither with a new world order nor with the end of history but rather with its repetition. And this repetitive cycle of counterproductive theories and policies, the paper concludes, will continue for as long as the liberal ideology underpinning it remains essentially unchallenged.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > International Relations
Depositing User: Beate Jahn
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 15:27
Last Modified: 18 Jul 2012 10:41
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