The UN Role in Promoting Democracy: Between Ideals and by Edward Newman, Roland Rich

By Edward Newman, Roland Rich

The inspiration of democracy is a key precept of the United countries and underpins a lot of its paintings. This booklet considers and questions the modalities, effectiveness and controversies of the UN’s paintings in selling and aiding democracy. It examines if the UN may help to construct the rules of democracy and no matter if, as an "external" actor, it could have a noticeable confident effect upon the improvement of democratic governance inside of societies. It explores how the normative beliefs of democracy engage with the realities of strength within the foreign enviornment and within the societies during which the UN works, provideing a well timed research of the clients and barriers of the UN’s paintings during this sector, and of the wider box of democracy advertising.

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It is a political system that must surmount the disappointment of defeated candidates, the continuing despair of marginalized communities, and the exasperation of the intelligentsia with the slow pace of reform. Democracy is both a system of working institutions and a viable political culture. Both aspects need time to establish themselves profoundly in any polity. The amount of time needed for such profound change cannot be measured in a financial year, a mandate period, or even a five-year plan.

APPROACHING DEMOCRATIZATION POLICY 25 Time and again the cases demonstrate the necessity for priority to be given to the military and police efforts. There can be no question about this. Criticism is possible, however, where the enforcement effort has so dominated the process of change that there is little energy left for the democracy-building task. One wonders whether this problem may affect Afghanistan. Defeating the Taliban government that had harboured the al-Qaeda leadership was an operation that had virtually the entire world behind it, but the subsequent state-building efforts are not nearly as riveting.

32 Yet where a region has the resources and will-power to support a more deliberate and engaged strategy, as do the Europeans in the Balkans, time pressure becomes far less pressing, horizons broaden, and democratization plans become more elaborate. Accepting the inevitability of pressure for an exit strategy, the United Nations needs to plan around this with a well-thought-through entry strategy. A coherent entry strategy entails an understanding of the limits of UN effectiveness, an appreciation of the areas of UN comparative advantage, and a system of setting priorities and following a process of sequencing.

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