Program on Evaluating International Influences on Democratic DevelopmentProgram
October 2006-October 2010
Governments devote significant effort and resources to promote democracy outside their borders, but surprisingly little is known about how to bring about a good return on this investment. The program entitled Evaluating International Influences on Democratic Development aims to fill this void by researching why democracy promotion sometimes works, but often does not. The program investigates the effects of international programs and the roles played by specific actors. It also examines how international conditions, such as the Cold War, change the ability of domestic actors to obtain democratization, and conversely, how domestic conditions, such as economic crises, change the prospects for democracy promotion by external actors.
We examine countries that democratize and also countries that fail to do so within four research modules: (1) democracies in transition, (2) changes in the quality of democracy; (3) liberalization in non-democratic regimes, and (4) post-conflict democratization. As the final product, we will provide a comprehensive evaluation of external influence that will be highly relevant to policy-makers and academic communities in donor and recipient countries.
CDDRL leads the program in cooperation with an international network of partners and with the generous support of the Smith Richardson Foundation. With this research, CDDRL is constructing a global community of scholars and practitioners contending with the challenges of democracy promotion.
- Organizations in the U.S. that work in the general area of Democracy Promotion
- U.S. Government Spending on Democracy Promotion
- International/non-U.S. Organizations that work in the general area of Democracy Promotion
- Evaluations of Democracy Promotion Programs
- Democracy and Governance Indicators
- Selected Secondary Literature on Democracy Promotion
Funding provided by
• Smith-Richardson Foundation
- Program on Democracy
- Reorganizing U.S. Government Democracy Promotion Efforts Project
- Transitions to Democracy Project
- Comparing American and European Strategies for Democracy Promotion
The 5 most recent are displayed. More publications »
- Democracy and Authoritarianism in the Postcommunist World
Michael A. McFaul, Kathryn Stoner, Valerie Bunce
Cambridge University Press (2009)
- Improving Democracy Assistance: Building Knowledge Through Evaluations and Research
Committee on Evaluation of USAID Democracy Assistance Programs, Jeremy M. Weinstein
The National Academies Press (2008)
- The Rule of Law and Its Promotion Abroad: Three Problems of Scope
Stanford Journal of International Law vol. 45, 1 (2008)
- International Actors, Democratization, and the Rule of Law: Anchoring Democracy?
Amichai Magen, Leonardo Morlino
- The Spirit of Democracy: The Struggle to Build Free Societies Throughout the World
Times Books (2008)
Events & Presentations
- Evaluating International Influences on Democratic Development: First Case Study Reports Authors Meeting
October 25, 2007 - October 26, 2007 Workshop