Can Democracy be exported? - 13, Jul 2007
Should western democratic
values be promoted world wide?
In a timely new publication in
the Hansard Society Democracy Series, Democracy and Intervention, Lord
Bhikhu Parekh examines whether democracy can - or should - be exported from one
country to another.
Lord Parekh notes that this issue
has gained prominence in recent years, most notably as a feature within
western, and particularly United
States, foreign policy. His essay examines
what constitutes a democracy and the inherent contradiction in attempting to
spread democracy to countries which may not wish to adopt it.
Lord Parekh's main essay is
complemented by three commentaries providing a range of alternative views, from
Kate Jenkins, Vice Chair of the Hansard Society, Dr John Chipman,
Director-General of the International Institute of Strategic Studies and
Lindsey Hilsum, International Editor, Channel 4 News.
Kate Jenkins looks at the
challenges to democracy that can occur when politics and religion meet. Dr John
Chipman argues for good governance without full electoral democracy as a safer
strategy than democracy without transparent and effective good governance.
Lindsey Hilsum discusses the dangers and possible delusions that can arise with
the desire to spread western liberal democracy. She focuses on the example of China where
rapid economic development is not accompanied by democratic principles.
Democracy and Intervention is launched on Tuesday, 17 July 2007 at a
public debate (6pm - 7.30pm) in the House of Commons. Speakers are Lord
Bhikhu Parekh and Mike Gapes MP, Chair, Foreign Affairs Select
To attend, register with email@example.com
information,contact Virginia Gibbons at the Hansard Society on 020 7438 1225 or
07812 765 552
- Previous publications in the Democracy
Democracy and Islam
Democracy and Voting
Democracy and Capitalism
Democracy and Political Parties
- The Democracy Series is supported by the
Ministry of Justice