This book offers a critical and comparative examination of international support to political parties and party systems in emerging and prospective new democracies in several world regions. It combines the insights of a strong international grouping of leading academics and pioneering doctoral studies, and draws on extensive new field work inquiries. The wide-ranging coverage pools evidence from countries in Europe and Eurasia, Africa, East Asia and Central America. The book shows how far international support still has to go if it is to achieve its aims of helping party politics make a constructive contribution to furthering democracy. It advances our understanding both of the role the political parties are playing in the different polities and the sometimes negative impact of democracy promotion actors from outside.
By contributing original theoretical perspectives and empirical findings, the book points the way forward to agendas for future research and new courses of action. It will be of interest to academics and the policy-making and practitioner communities alike.
This book was published as a special issue of Democratizations.
1. Introduction: Promoting Party Politics in Emerging Democracies Peter Burnell and André Gerrits 2. Party Politics in Georgia and Ukraine and the Failure of Western Political Party Assistance Max Bader 3. The Consequences of Partisanship in Party Aid: The Case of Serbia Marlene Spoerri 4. Challenges and Contradictions in Promoting Political Moderation in the Balkans: The Case of Bosnia Herzegovina John Hulsey 5. An Uneasy Symbiosis: The Impact of International Administration on Political Parties in Post-Conflict Countries Maja Nenadovic 6. "Sons of War": Parties, Party Systems and the International Community in Post-War El Salvador and Cambodia Jeroen de Zeeuw 7. Democracy Promotion in Mixed Regimes: The Role of Party Aid in Morocco Nicole Bolleyer and Lise Storm 8. Political Party Assistance in Transition: Germany’s Stiftungen in sub-Saharan Africa Kristina W. Seissenbach 9. In Search of the Impact of International Support for Political Parties in New Democracies: Malawi and Zambia Compared Lise Rakner and Lars Svasand 10. Conclusion: Party Assistance and Political Party Research Gero Erdmann
The journal, Democratization, emerged in 1994, during ‘the third wave of democracy’, a period which saw democratic transformation of dozens of regimes around the world. Over the last decade or so, the journal has published a number of special issues as books, each of which has focused upon cutting edge issues linked to democratization. Collectively, they underline the capacity of democratization to induce debate, uncertainty, and perhaps progress towards better forms of politics, focused on the achievement of the democratic aspirations of men and women everywhere.