The Rise of Semi-authoritarianism
By (author) Marina Ottaway
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Democracy Challenged by Marina Ottaway
Book DescriptionDuring the 1990s, international democracy promotion efforts led to the establishment of numerous regimes that cannot easily be classified as either authoritarian or democratic. They display characteristics of each; in short, they are semi-authoritarian regimes. These regimes pose a considerable challenge to US policymakers because the superficial stability of many semi-authoritarian regimes usually masks severe problems that need to be solved lest they lead to a future crisis. Additionally, these regimes call into question some of the ideas about democratic transitions that underpin the democracy promotion strategies of the United States and other Western countries. Despite their growing importance, semi-authoritarian regimes have not received systematic attention. Marina Ottaway examines five countries (Egypt, Azerbaijan, Venezuela, Croatia, and Senegal) that highlight the distinctive features of semi-authoritarianism and the special challenge each poses to policymakers. She explains why the dominant approach to democracy promotion isn't effective in these countries and concludes by suggesting alternative policies.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780870031960
(229mm x 152mm x 21mm)
Imprint: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Publisher: Brookings Institution
Publish Date: 30-Jan-2003
Country of Publication: United States
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Uncharted Journey, Hardback (January 2005)
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Funding Virtue: Civil Society Aid and Democracy Promotion, Paperback (October 2000)» View all books by Marina Ottaway
In recent years the United States and many other international donors have embraced civil society aid as a key tool of democracy promotion. They support thousands of NGOs around the world in the name of civil society development, investing in these organizations high hopes for fostering democratic participation and values.
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Author Biography - Marina Ottaway
Marina Ottaway is a senior associate in the Democracy and Rule of Law program and director of the Carnegie Middle East program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
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