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Transnational Mobilization and Domestic Regime Change

Africa in Comparative Perspective

Transnational Mobilization and Domestic Regime Change by Hans Peter Schmitz
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The promotion of democracy and human rights has become a central part of donor and non-governmental activism in Africa. Transnational human rights organizations play an increasingly prominent role in shaping donor agendas as well as the domestic politics of regime change. How successful are these efforts to promote principles of democracy and human rights from the outside? This book answers this question based on a comparison of regime change in Kenya and Uganda from the 1980s until today. It is the first systematic effort to bring together the comparative democratization literature and the recent work of international relations scholars exploring the role of transnational advocacy networks.
Principled mobilization for human rights is more successful in challenging authoritarian rule than in building sustainable democratic institutions. Beyond forcing an authoritarian regime into initial political reforms, external interventions distract domestic allies from building strong networks and provide significant mobilizing opportunities to those opposing democratic change.
Palgrave Macmillan; March 2006
237 pages; ISBN 9780230505254
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Title: Transnational Mobilization and Domestic Regime Change
Author: Hans Peter Schmitz