Import of democracy in the 'grey' post-Soviet space? Evaluating experiences of democracy promotion in Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine, 1990-2002
McDonagh, Ecaterina (2010) Import of democracy in the 'grey' post-Soviet space? Evaluating experiences of democracy promotion in Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine, 1990-2002. In: International Studies Association (ISA) Annual Convention 2010, 17-20 February 2010, New Orleans, USA.
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This paper asks how and when external factors influence domestic political change. Only a limited number of studies have dealt with this question systematically. This contrasts with rising popularity of the democracy promotion agenda among the policy-makers around the world. The article contends that external democracy promoters influence domestic processes of political change through two causal mechanisms: through constraining of autocratic agents and through empowering of democratic agents. The analysis reveals that external democracy promoters can be effective in influencing domestic change; but this depends on the causal mechanism at play and democratic propensity of the domestic regime.
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