The New Democracies
Global Change and U.S. Policy
The collapse of authoritarian and totalitarian governments of both the right and the left has fundamentally changed global politics. Up-to-date and broad in scope, these essays have been carefully selected from The Washington Quarterly to address specific problems, countries, and regions involved in the tide of political change. They provide valuable insights on a resurgence of democracy that is still poorly understood by policymakers and academics alike as well as the foreign policies of the United States.
Contents I. The Democratic Prospect • The United States and the World Democratic Revolution, Carl Gershman • Catholicism and Democracy: The Other Twentieth Century Revolution, George Weigel • II. Democracy Abroad • The Crisis of Communism: The Paradox of Political Participation, Zbigniew Brzezinski • Explosive Change in China and the Soviet Union, Amos A Jordan and Richard Grant • The Prospect for Democracy in Latin America, Mark Falcoff • The Coming of Africa's Second Independence, Colin Lagum • III. Democracy, Prosperity, and Governance • The Informals Pose an Answer to Marx, Hernando de Soto • Adam Smith Was an Optimist, Ralf Dahrendorf • Turkey's Path to Freedom and Prosperity, Turgut Ozal • Parliamentary vs. Congressional Democracy, Malcolm Churchill • Are Good Democracies Bad Players in the Game of Nations? Josef Joffe • IV. The United States and the Democratic Revolution • Developing Democracy at Home, and Abroad, Charles Robb • Human Rights and U.S. Foreign Policy, Paula Dobriansky • England, the United States, and the Export of Democracy, Enrique Krauze • U.S. Political Parties Overseas, Joshua Muravchik • Assisting Third World Elections, Marily Ann Zak • International Security and the Crisis of Communism, Brad Roberts • Authoritarian Regimes in Transition, Bans Binnendijk • Beyond Authoritarianism and Totalitarianism: Strategies for Democratization, Larry Diamond