The Democratisation of Disempowerment

The Problem of Democracy on the Third World
01 October 1995
Book
The market-oriented democratisation of the Third World has been developed by Western powers as a policy that fuses both democratic rhetoric and support for more pluralist policies in the Third World, with the pursuit of Western interests.
ISBN/ISSN
  • 0-7453-0977-1

Democracy has many uses. It can serve as a means for people to empower themselves or to test the legitimacy of a government. But versions of democracy can also be used by powerful elites as a device of control. In the post-Cold War era, the market-oriented democratisation of the Third World has been developed by Western powers as a policy that fuses both democratic rhetoric and support for more pluralist policies in the Third World, with the pursuit of Western interests. In "The Democratisation of Disempowerment", thirteen distinguished authors from four continents explore key questions on Third World democratisation. Examining local elites and social movements, violence and Western foreign policy, Islamic political movements and economic preconditions - and how all of these contribute to or subvert democracy - the contributors conclude that whilst democracy is of crucial importance for marginalised people in poor countries, it is not easily exported. As the contributors to this volume make clear, the West is often more interested in projecting its own political model - and the agendas that go with it - than in providing real support for authentic democratisation in the Third World.

Contents

  • Democratisation of the Third World After the End of the Cold War, by Jochen Hippler
  • Social Movements and Democratisation in the Philippines, by Joel Rocamora
  • Political Elites and the Process of Disempowerment in Africa, by Claude Aké
  • Problems and Cahnces of Democracy in Central America, by Xabier Gorostiaga
  • Pathology and Power: The Failure of Democracy in the Caribbean, by Niala Maharaj
  • Communalism and the Democratic Process in India, by Achin Vanaik and Praful Bidwai
  • Oil, Islam and Israel: US Policy and Democratic Change in the Middle East
  • Democratisation in the Middle Eastern Context, by Azmy Bishara
  • Democracy and Development in the 1990s, by Basker Vashee
  • The World Bank and its Concept of Good Governance, by Susan George
  • Whose Democracy? Which Democratisation? by Liisa Laakso
  • Democracy: A Fragile Export, by Franz Nuscheler

Pages: 246