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Cites: Democracy & Democracy Promotion

August, Arnold. (2013). Cuba and Its Neighbours: Democracy in Motion.
This book is highly critical of US-centered democracy promotion in Latin America.

Burron, Neil. (2013). The New Democracy Wars: the Politics of Democracy promotion in the Americas.

Castalleno, Isaac. (2013). Kantian Peace Extended: Liberal Influences and Military Spending.

Chomsky, Noam. (2013). Power Systems: Conversations on Global Democracy Uprisings and New Challenges to US Empire.

Cox, Michael. (2013). US Presidents and Democracy Promotion.

Lewis, Linda. (2013). Caribbean Sovereignty, Development and Democracy in An age of Globalization.

Nilsson, Martin. (2013). The Radical Left in Government: Deepening and Constraining Democracy in Venezuela and Bolivia. Revista Andina de Estudios Politicos.

Wolin, Sheldon. (2010).  Democracy Inc.

O’Donnell, Guillermo. (2013). The Quality of Democracy: Theory and Applications.

Guillermo O’Donnell recently taught a seminar at the University of Notre Dame on democratic theory. One of the questions explored in this class was whether it is possible to define and determine the “quality” of democracy. Jorge Vargas Cullell, a student in this course, returned to his native country of Costa Rica, formed a small research team, and secured funding for undertaking a “citizen audit” of the quality of democracy in Costa Rica. This pathbreaking volume contains O’Donnell’s qualitative theoretical study of the quality of democracy and Vargas Cullell’s description and analysis of the empirical data he gathered on the quality of democracy in Costa Rica. It also includes twelve short, scholarly reflections on the O’Donnell and Vargas Cullell essays. The primary goal of this collection is to present the rationale and methodology for implementing a citizen audit of democracy. This book is an expression of a growing concern among policy experts and academics that the recent emergence of numerous democratic regimes, particularly in Latin America, cannot conceal the sobering fact that the efficacy and impact of these new governments vary widely. These variations, which range from acceptable to dismal, have serious consequences for the people of Latin America, many of whom have received few if any benefits from democratization. Attempts to gauge the quality of particular democracies are therefore not only fascinating intellectual exercises but useful practical guides for improving both old and new democracies. This book makes important strides in addressing the increasing practical and academic concerns about the quality of democracy. It will be required reading for political scientists, policy analysts, and Latin Americanists.