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The United Nations Democracy Agenda: A Conceptual History

Kirsten Haack

Abstract

This book provides a critical, conceptual-historical analysis of democracy at the United Nations, detailed in four ‘visions’ of democracy: civilization, elections, governance and developmental democracy. ‘I know it when I see it’ were the famous words of US Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart on defining obscenity. It is with the same conviction and (un)certainty that liberal peacebuilders and democracy promoters have used democracy to achieve both the immediate goals of peacekeeping and the broader, global mission of the UN. Today, democracy may have gained an international dimension, yet it ... More

Keywords: democracy, United Nations, civilization, elections, governance, liberal peacebuilders, political theory, democratization, Secretary-General, organizational practice

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780719079818
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719079818.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kirsten Haack, author