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Promoting DemocracyThe Force of Political Settlements in Uncertain Times$
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Manal A. Jamal

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781479811380

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479811380.001.0001

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The Primacy of Political Settlements in Democracy Promotion

The Primacy of Political Settlements in Democracy Promotion

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Promoting Democracy

Manal A. Jamal

NYU Press

This chapter outlines how patterns of socio-political organizing diverged in the Palestinian and Salvadoran cases during the beginning of their respective conflict to peace transitions. Departing from explanations that focus on the professionalization of mass-based organizations, the author explains how the domestic political contexts shaped the mediating role of Western donor funding. More specifically, the book argues the that “inclusivity” of political settlements (assessed by the extent of participation of major political groups and the degree of societal support) shaped the relative effectiveness of democracy promotion efforts and the impact of Western donor assistance on civil society and democratic development more generally. This chapter also explains how civil society is being addressed in the book and the methodology employed, which is a structured, focused comparison that is historically sensitive but conducive to generalizing across cases. It also explains how the quality of civil society and democratic development are assessed, and why the women’s sectors were chosen to examine these developments. It concludes with an outline of the remaining chapters of the book.

Keywords:   Political settlements, Conflict to peace transitions, Democratic transitions, Civil society, Assessing civil society development, Assessing democratic development, Comparative methodology

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