Building Democracy in Quicksand: Altruism, Empire and the United States

Challenge, Vol. 47, No. 3, pp. 73-93, June 2004

25 Pages Posted: 27 May 2004  

Jean-Paul Faguet

London School of Economics

Abstract

The new era of US empire commenced with decisive military victories in Afghanistan and Iraq. But the aftermath of war has proved surprisingly difficult and violent. Explanations of the US's failure to win the peace have largely overlooked the inherent difficulty of planting democracy in so inhospitable a social environment as Iraq's. This paper examines the prospects for US empire, focusing on the problem of nation building, and in particular the role of a well-functioning civil society in making democracy work.

Keywords: Democracy, civil society, nation building, new institutional economics, democratic theory, Iraq, empire, imperialism

JEL Classification: D71, D72, P16

Suggested Citation

Faguet, Jean-Paul, Building Democracy in Quicksand: Altruism, Empire and the United States. Challenge, Vol. 47, No. 3, pp. 73-93, June 2004. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=550544

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