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Revising the democratic revolution - into the Americas.

Wilkin, Peter (2003) Revising the democratic revolution - into the Americas. Third World Quarterly, 24 (4). pp. 655-69. ISSN 1360-2241

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Abstract

This article examines the claims of the democratic peace thesis by tracing the embedding of democracy in three countries: Nicaragua, Brazil and Colombia. In so doing it highlights the way in which the democratic peace that has spread in the post-cold war period has to be understood as part of a continued imperialist strategy by the core capitalist states and their dominant social forces in the modern world system. The meaning of democracy in this revolution is to promote and instill a form of corporate government that reinforces private power against human needs and rights. Nonetheless, this is an unstable strategy and the three examples considered here illustrate that this creates space for anti-capitalist opposition to organise and challenge this restricted conception of democracy.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Third World Quarterly
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Politics & International Relations (Merged into PPR 2010-08-01)
ID Code: 24234
Deposited By: ep_ss_importer
Deposited On: 05 Mar 2009 08:58
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2014 20:28
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/24234

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