Engineering Revolution: The Paradox of Democracy Promotion in Serbia Marlene Spoerri

ISBN: 9780812246452

Published: October 8th 2014

Hardcover

272 pages


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Engineering Revolution: The Paradox of Democracy Promotion in Serbia  by  Marlene Spoerri

Engineering Revolution: The Paradox of Democracy Promotion in Serbia by Marlene Spoerri
October 8th 2014 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, RTF | 272 pages | ISBN: 9780812246452 | 6.61 Mb

The nonviolent overthrow of Balkan dictator Slobodan Milosević in October 2000 is celebrated as democracy promotion at its best. This perceived political success has been used to justify an industry tasked with exporting democracy to countries likeMoreThe nonviolent overthrow of Balkan dictator Slobodan Milosević in October 2000 is celebrated as democracy promotion at its best. This perceived political success has been used to justify an industry tasked with exporting democracy to countries like Belarus, Ukraine, Tunisia, and Egypt.

Yet the true extent of the Wests involvement in Milosevićs overthrow remained unclear until now. Engineering Revolution uses declassified CIA documents and personal interviews with diplomats, aid providers, and policymakers, as well as thousands of pages of internal NGO documents, to explore what proponents consider one of the greatest successes of the democracy promotion enterprise.Through its in-depth examination of the two decades that preceded and followed Milosevićs unseating, as well as its critical look at foreign assistance targeting Serbias troubled political party landscape, Engineering Revolution upends the conventional wisdom on the effectiveness of democracy promotion in Serbia.

Marlene Spoerri demonstrates that democracy took root in Serbia in spite of, not because of, Western intervention--in fact, foreign intervention often hurt rather than helped Serbias tenuous transition to democracy. As Western governments recalibrate their agendas in the wake of the Arab Spring, this timely book offers important lessons for the democracy promotion community as it sets its sights on the Middle East, former Soviet Union, and beyond.



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