Demokrati utifrån? Internationella interventioner i Afganistan, Somalia, Sydafrika och Bosnien-Hercegovina

Tidsperiod: 2014-01-01 till 2017-12-31

Projektledare: Anna Jarstad

Finansiär: Vetenskapsrådet

Bidragstyp: Projektbidrag

Budget: 6 523 000 SEK

Afghanistan, Somalia, South Africa and Bosnia-Hercegovina have been targeted for international interventions aiming at promoting development and democratization. The present project addresses the question "When do international and local initiatives of democratization reinforce each other?" It includes case studies on external democracy promotion, as well as local initiatives to improve governance. Since the 1990s, democracy promotion has become an integral part of international interventions of peacebuilding and security. At the same time, there is debate on whether or not democracy can be introduced from the outside, or whether international democracy promotion rather undermines local initiatives for sustainable democracy. This project investigates this topic through analysis of international and local projects in selected regions to understand how these two types of initiatives affect democratization in aid recipient countries. The influences of these efforts of democratization on each other are analyzed through comparative case analysis both within countries and between different international interventions. The project contributes with new empirical knowledge on external aid to loal processes of democratization by enhancing the understanding of what happens to local processes when democracy promotion is introduced from the outside. Thus, the project is valuable for the design and implementation of future international interventions, and moves the research field forward.