The United Nations and democratic defictis: an examination of the UN's effect on democracy and democratic deficits in transitioning and post-conflict states

Stanley, Sarah Elizabeth Margaret (2013) The United Nations and democratic defictis: an examination of the UN's effect on democracy and democratic deficits in transitioning and post-conflict states. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Abstract

Can the United Nations aid in the creation of a deficit-free democracy in transitioning and post-conflict states? Or does international involvement, specifically the UN and its peace building missions, cause a deficit or even a double democratic deficit in these states? By examining two case studies, Nepal and Nicaragua, with the indicators of a democratic deficit (elections, low voter turnout and lack of visible representation of women and minorities) as well as the theory of the double democratic deficit (use of force), I argue that the UN and its missions cannot create a functioning, deficit-free democracy in post-conflict state. I propose that without feelings of democratic ownership in citizens of any given state, feelings that cannot be imposed, a democratic or double democratic deficit will exist.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/11468
Item ID: 11468
Additional Information: Includes bibliographical references (leaves 106-117).
Department(s): Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of > Political Science
Date: 2013
Date Type: Submission
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Democracy; Peace-building.

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