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Promoting democracy: the force of political settlements in uncertain times

By: Jamal, Manal A.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York New York University Press 2019Description: xxiv, 319 p.: ill. Includes references and index.ISBN: 9781479878451.Subject(s): Democracy - International cooperation | Pacific settlement of international disputes | Diplomatic negotiations in international disputesDDC classification: 327.172 Summary: How Western donor assistance can both help and undermine democracy in different parts of the world Democracy promotion is a central pillar of the foreign policy of many states, but the results are often disappointing. In Promoting Democracy, Manal A. Jamal examines why these efforts succeed in some countries, but fail in others. A former journalist and researcher in the Palestinian territories, she offers an up-close perspective of the ways in which Western donor funding has, on one hand, undermined political participation in cases such as the Palestinian territories, and, on the other hand, succeeded in bolstering political engagement in cases such as El Salvador. Based on five fieldwork trips and over 150 interviews with grassroots activists, political leaders, and directors and program officers in donor agencies and NGOs, Jamal brings into focus an often-overlooked perspective: the experiences of those directly affected by this assistance. Promoting Democracy makes an important and timely argument about how political settlements ultimately shape democracy promotion efforts, and what political choices Western state-sponsored donors can make to maximize successful outcomes in different contexts across the world. https://nyupress.org/9781479878451/promoting-democracy/
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Table of contents

The primacy of political settlements on democracy promotion
The political-military organizations and the emergence of mass-based grassroots organizations
Political settlements and the re-configuration of civic and political life
Foreign donor assistance and the political economy of settlement outcomes
Beyond professionalization : foreign aid and transformation of the women's sectors
Hamas after electoral victory : Fatah and the western donor community respond
Conclusion : non-inclusive settlements and democracy's long haul in comparative perspective
Appendix I: Interviews
Appendix II: Foreign donors

How Western donor assistance can both help and undermine democracy in different parts of the world
Democracy promotion is a central pillar of the foreign policy of many states, but the results are often disappointing. In Promoting Democracy, Manal A. Jamal examines why these efforts succeed in some countries, but fail in others. A former journalist and researcher in the Palestinian territories, she offers an up-close perspective of the ways in which Western donor funding has, on one hand, undermined political participation in cases such as the Palestinian territories, and, on the other hand, succeeded in bolstering political engagement in cases such as El Salvador.
Based on five fieldwork trips and over 150 interviews with grassroots activists, political leaders, and directors and program officers in donor agencies and NGOs, Jamal brings into focus an often-overlooked perspective: the experiences of those directly affected by this assistance. Promoting Democracy makes an important and timely argument about how political settlements ultimately shape democracy promotion efforts, and what political choices Western state-sponsored donors can make to maximize successful outcomes in different contexts across the world.

https://nyupress.org/9781479878451/promoting-democracy/

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