The U.S. use of military intervention to promote democracy: Evaluating the record

Margaret G. Hermann, Charles W. Kegley

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Abstract

Given the foreign policy priority that the Clinton administration has placed on the "enlargement" of the democratic community, a relevant question is whether military intervention is an effective instrument for achieving such a purpose. This research explores the impact of American interventions since 1945 on the political systems of the targets. What happens when U.S. presidents pursue "pro-liberalization policies" through military interventions? Merging several inventories of interventionary actions, we examine what sorts of interventions are associated with liberal changes in the nature of the targets' political regimes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)91-114
Number of pages24
JournalInternational Interactions
Volume24
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1998
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Democracy
  • Intervention
  • The democratic peace
  • U.S. foreign policy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Political Science and International Relations

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