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How International Organizations Support Democratization: Preventing Authoritarian Reversals or Promoting consolidation?

  • Paul Poast and Johannes Urpelainen

Democratization in the developing world is, according to Samuel Huntington, “an important—perhaps the most important—global political development of the late twentieth century.” While scholars of comparative politics have explored the domestic political economy of democratic transitions, they, along with scholars of international relations, also recognize that international actors, particularly international organizations (IOs), are crucial for successful political transformation.

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* This paper was presented at the 2012 Annual Convention of the International Studies Association (San Diego, California). We thank Paul Anthony Arias, Sarah Bush, Robert Kaufman, Milan Svolik, Jana Von Stein, Christina Schneider, the participants, the editors of, World Politics, and the anonymous reviewers for useful comments on previous drafts.

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World Politics
  • ISSN: 0043-8871
  • EISSN: 1086-3338
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