Democracy: The Requisite “Enabling Conditions” — No Small Order
As noted earlier, the term “nation building” originally referred to the process of establishing (or reestablishing) a political entity capable of governing a given population residing in a given geographic area (or areas) and recognized by other states as exercising sovereignty over that population and that territory. Accordingly, “nation building” could be used to describe the creation of any type of stable government. In present-day discourse, however, the term has become a euphemism connoting the process of creating a democracy, rather than of establishing a viable polity, democratic or not. The change, we think, is definitely for the worse, since the shift of meaning conceals the profound difference between the two tasks—creating democracy is immeasurably more difficult than establishing other forms of government.
KeywordsAuthoritarian Regime Internal Peace Nation Building Previous Regime Target Country
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