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Author Carothers, Thomas, 1956-
Title Aiding democracy abroad : the learning curve / Thomas Carothers.
Imprint Washington, D.C. : Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, [1999].

Author Carothers, Thomas, 1956-
Subject Democracy.
Technical assistance.
Description 1 online resource
polychrome rdacc
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Foreword / Jessica T. Mathews -- A New Field -- Tools of the Trade -- Lack of Learning -- Taking Stock -- Avoiding Rosy Assumptions -- The Rise of Democracy Assistance -- The First Wave: The 1960s and 1970s -- A New Wave: The 1980s -- A Core Priority: The 1990s -- Repeating the Past? -- Interlude for Skeptics -- Introducing Four Cases -- Far from Democracy -- Transition Fever -- The Challenges of Consolidation -- The Transitions Compared -- The Core Elements -- The Question of Strategy -- The Core Strategy -- Assessing the Core Strategy -- Improving the Core Strategy -- A Note on Preconditions and a Look at the Cases -- Basic Steps: Elections and Political Parties -- Electoral Aid -- Political Party Assistance -- From the Top Down: State Institutions -- Constitutions -- Judicial Reform and the Rule of Law -- Legislative Assistance -- Local Government Assistance -- Civil-Military Relations -- Challenges of Aiding the State -- From the Bottom Up: Civil Society -- The "Discovery" of Civil Society -- Advocacy NGOs -- Civic Education -- Media Assistance -- Labor Unions -- Beyond Civil Society Romanticism -- On the Ground -- Making It Work: The Challenges of Implementation -- The External Project Method -- Corrective Steps -- The Institutions of Democracy Assistance -- Giving Out Grades: Evaluation -- The Difficulties of Evaluation -- The False Dream of Science -- The Start of an Alternative -- Understanding Effects -- Modest Results -- Considering the Cases -- The Learning Curve -- Movement Along the Curve.
Summary "Thomas Carothers examines democracy aid programs relating to elections, political parties, governmental reform, rule of law, civil society, independent media, labor unions, decentralization, and other elements of what he describes as "the democracy template" that policy makers and aid officials apply around the world." "Steering a careful path between the inflated claims of aid advocates and the exaggerated criticisms of their opponents, Carothers takes a hard look at what such programs achieve and how they can be improved."--Jacket.
Note Vendor-supplied metadata.
ISBN 9780870033414 (electronic bk.)
0870033417 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 1005664055

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