Local Leaders in Internationally Led Democratic Transitions

  • Chavanne L. Peercy
Part of the Rethinking Peace and Conflict Studies book series (RCS)


The commitment of the UN to liberal institutions has become increasingly evident during the past two decades. In fact, since 1990, more than half of the missions initiated by the UN Department of Peacekeeping have included some form of liberal institution-building. This allegiance to liberal ideology is even more apparent when considering missions undertaken in response to a civil war. More than 90 percent of those missions are mandated to assist in the establishment of liberal institutions. This chapter delves into the theoretical and practical origins of the democratic peace in UN peacebuilding. Since this book is focused on the political, or democratic, side of liberalism, it is necessary to probe into the meaning behind the words “democracy” and “democratic.” While “democracy” most certainly conjures up an understanding for each reader, that understanding is surprisingly vast and varied across individuals and institutions. For this work it is important to understand the meaning of “democracy” and “democratic institutions” from two perspectives: both the UN’s and mine. Understanding the foundations of the missions carried out by the UN will allow for a better understanding of the context of negotiations as well as the processes put in place during institution-building. At the same time, it is important to recognize my definition of the words in order to understand the lens through which I am providing and analyzing information, even if the reader holds a different understanding of “democratic.”


Civil Liberty Local Leader Democratic Institution Democratic System Democratic Transition 
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  • Chavanne L. Peercy
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  1. 1.Humphrey School of Public AffairsUniversity of MinnesotaUSA

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