The Missing Link: Values and the Effectiveness of International Democracy Promotion

Sharing core norms and values
Sep 30, 2016 | German Development Institute, Kai Striebinger

Analyses of the effectiveness of democracy promotion rest on assumptions of cultural universalism. But the promotional instruments are expected to work independently of cultural differences. In this discussion paper for the German Development Institute, Kai Striebinger looks at the extent to which values of the international and the local actors influence the effectiveness of programmes. He argues that the effectiveness of material incentives depends on the value local actors place on material wellbeing, and on whether they value the norms being promoted. It is therefore necessary to include value assessments in the analysis of democracy promotion.

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