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Democracy – A Destiny of Humankind? A Qualified, Contingent and Contextual Case for Democracy Promotion
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Authors: Rein Müllerson (King's College, London) 
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This book is a result of several years of practical involvement as UN Regional Advisor for Central Asia, where issues of democracy promotion were paramount, as well as academic research and teaching at King's College, London. The main purpose of the book is to give a balanced, contextual and realistic picture of prospects of democracy in the non-Western world with special emphasis on Central Asia and Russia, while the experience of other countries (e.g., China and India) and regions serve mainly for the purposes of comparison or corroboration.This book is meant for those who are involved in various capacities in democracy promotion (government officials, staff of intergovernmental and non-governmental organisations (NGO), academics and students (mostly on the Master's and PhD levels).

Table of Contents:
Introduction

1. Globalization and spread of free markets and democracy pp. 5-12

2. A Wittgensteinian family portrait of democracy pp. 13-19

3. Democracy’s dialectical contradictions pp. 21-32
i) Democracy and market economy
ii) Democracy and liberalism
iii) Democracy and nationalism

4. Democracy, the rise of separatist movements and problems of secession pp. 33-42

5. On the instrumental and intrinsic value of democracy pp. 43-45

6. On the absolute and relative universality of the concept of democracy pp. 47-53

7. On idealism, hypocrisy and pragmatism in the promotion of democracy pp. 55-65

8. Weaknesses of domestic democratic potential and external support pp. 67-77

9. The role of international institutions in promoting democracy pp. 79-88
i) The United Nations and the promotion of democracy
ii) The European Union and the promotion of democracy
iii) The OSCE and the promotion of democracy

10. On natural and unnatural authoritarianisms pp. 89-96

11. Democratization and the J Curve: A Central Asian experience pp. 97-107

12. Russia’s case: from Yeltsin’s ‘democracy’ to Putin’s
‘authoritarianism’? pp. 109-117

13. Missions civilicatrice in the great games of political and
economic interests pp. 119-123

14. Promoting democracy without starting a new Cold War pp. 125-133

15. From E unum pluribus towards E pluribus unum? pp. 135-153
i) Becoming different
ii) Remaining the same
iii) Rubbing shoulders in the emerging global village
iv) Oh, East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet, Till Earth and Sky stand presently at God’s great Judgment
Seat?
v) In a global village peaceful coexistence may equal to apartheid

Conclusions

Index

   Series:
      Global Political Studies
   Binding: Hardcover
   Pub. Date: 2009
   Pages: 169 pp.
   ISBN: 978-1-60741-369-1
   Status: AV
  
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