- PUBLICATION DATA:
- ISBN-10: 92-808-1104-5,
- United Nations University Press
- November 2004
The notion of democracy is a key principle of the United Nations and underpins much of its work. Almost a third of the members of the United Nations have requested its assistance in conducting elections. The UN is supporting a new wave of democracy, although not without difficulty in places such as East Timor, Afghanistan, Cambodia and Kosovo. The role of the UN in the promotion of democracy is significant but also sometimes problematic.
This book considers and questions the modalities, effectiveness and controversies of the UN’s work in promoting and assisting democracy. It examines if the UN can help to build the foundations of democracy and whether, as an externalactor, it can have a substantive positive impact upon the development of democratic governance inside societies.
Set against a background of political science and international relations, The UN Role in Promoting Democracy explores how the normative ideals of democracy interact with the realities of power in the international arena and in the societies in which the UN works. In so doing, this volume provides a timely analysis of the prospects and limitations of the UN’s work in this area, and of the broader field of democracy promotion.
Edward Newman is an Academic Officer in the Peace and Governance Programme of the United Nations University.
Roland Rich is the Director of the Centre for Democratic Institutions at the Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University.
The promotion of democracy: international law and norms
Crafting Security Council mandates
Building democracy through benevolent autocracy: Consultation and accountability in UN transitional administrations
Elections in post-conflict societies
THEMATIC PERSPECTIVES: Introduction: approaching democratization policy
Democratization with the benefit of hindsight: The changing international components
PERSPECTIVES FROM THE UNITED NATIONS: The UN’s electoral assistance: challenges, accomplishments, prospects
United Nations democracy promotion: comparative advantages and constraints
UN experience in long-term democracy assistanceCASE STUDIES: Decolonization and democratization: The United Nations and Namibia’s transition to democracy
The United Nation’s modest impact on Cambodia’s democracy
Kosovo: a permanent international protectorate?
Delivering feudal democracy in East Timor
The UN and democratization in Afghanistan
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