Promoting democracy and promoting autocracy : towards a comparative evaluation
Burnell, Peter J.. Promoting democracy and promoting autocracy : towards a comparative evaluation. Journal of Politics and Law, Vol.3 (No.2). pp. 3-14. ISSN 1913-9047Full text not available from this repository.
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Canada may be about to create a publicly-funded Centre for Advancing Democracy. However, at the present time there is international speculation that autocracy promotion is increasing, now that the global wave of democratisation has stalled or gone into retreat. Some prominent authoritarian and semi-authoritarian regimes have gained in confidence; their potential to influence politics in other countries attracts growing attention. If international democracy promotion is to measure up to the challenge that this could pose then comparative evaluations of the performance of international support for democracy and for autocratic rule should be undertaken. Evaluation endeavours across this political divide face shared similarities and major complicating differences too. These make meaningful comparisons problematic. Nevertheless, new democracy promotion initiatives should employ whatever can be learned from studying autocracy promotion, so as to maximise their chances of success. Canada’s proposals for advancing democracy abroad offer a timely opportunity to address the challenge of comparing democracy and autocracy support, and in doing so become a world leader in the field.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||J Political Science > JA Political science (General)|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Politics and International Studies|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Journal of Politics and Law|
|Publisher:||Canadian Center of Science and Education|
|Number of Pages:||12|
|Page Range:||pp. 3-14|
|Access rights to Published version:||Open Access|
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