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Organizing Democracy: How International Organizations Assist New Democracies

Paul Poast and Johannes Urpelainen


Samuel Huntington labeled democratization “an important—perhaps the most important—global political development of the late twentieth century” and scholars have extensively studied the relationship between democratic transitions and membership in international organizations. However, the mechanisms underpinning this association remain unclear. Paul Poast and Johannes Urpelainen clarify these mechanisms by arguing that leaders in new democracies use, and often must create, international organizations to provide the public goods and technical expertise necessary to consolidate democratic rule. P ... More

Keywords: democratization, democratic consolidation, NATO expansion, Baltic battalion, international organizations

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780226543345
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226543512.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul Poast, author
University of Chicago

Johannes Urpelainen, author