Reconstructing Weak and Failed States: Insights from Tocqueville
Christopher J. Coyne
George Mason University - Department of Economics
Journal of Social, Political and Economic Studies, 2006, 31(2): 143-162.
It is argued that the process of reconstructing weak and failed states along liberal democratic lines is a cultural rather than a mere technical issue. The work of Alexis de Tocqueville provides key insights into the foundations of liberal democracy and the limitations on the ability of foreign countries to export liberal democratic institutions via military occupation and reconstruction. After considering these insights, the implications for reconstruction efforts are considered.
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Date posted: June 29, 2006 ; Last revised: March 31, 2009
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