Democracy Promotion: Hegemony, Resistance and the Shifting Discourses of Democracy in International Relations

01 February 2013, 09:30 - 17:50

Event Type:
Conference / Symposium
The Senate Room (Senate House, First Floor)
Venue Details:

Senate House
Malet Street
London WC1E 7HU 

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Event Programme

Conference Abstracts

The School of Advanced Study’s Institute for the Study of the Americas and the University of Westminster’s Department of Politics and International Relations are jointly hosting an international conference on democracy promotion at Senate House, University of London on February 1, 2013.

Despite the backlash against democracy promotion and the crisis of liberalism, including the current world financial crisis, democracy in international relations has demonstrated remarkable staying power. While the times of grand declarations of the spread democracy in the world seem to have passed, democracy has remained integral to international policy concerns. It is inextricably linked with policy areas such as development, conflict management and state-building. Recently, events in the Arab world seem to have reinvigorated debates on democracy as an international policy concern. These developments, therefore, provide a unique moment in time to revisit the discursive and political aspects of democracy promotion.

This conference critically examines contemporary conceptions of democracy in discourses and practices of major international actors and examines shifts and continuities in the rationalities as well as modalities of its promotion. It wishes to explore what current and historical perspectives on foreign-induced democratization reveal about world order, state-society relations and the exercise of power in international relations.

The conference is supported by the Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding. Potential publication options of selected papers will be considered, such as a special issue or an edited volume.

For further information please contact Matthew Hill and Jessica Schmidt

To request a place contact Olga