TITLE

Dictatorship.com

AUTHOR(S)
Kurlantzick, Joshua
PUB. DATE
April 2004
SOURCE
New Republic;4/5/2004, Vol. 230 Issue 12, p21
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article discusses how the Internet is not automatically a tool for democracy, as many supposed. My experience in the Vientiane cafe was a sobering antidote to a pervasive myth: that the Internet is a powerful force for democracy. For years, a significant subset of the democratization industry--that network of political scientists, think tanks, and policymakers--has placed its bets (and, in many cases, its money) on the Web's potential to spread liberal ideas in illiberal parts of the world. Whereas once American politicians and democratization groups focused on older technologies, such as radio, today their plans to spread democracy rest in considerable part on programs for boosting Internet access. In early March, Secretary of State Colin Powell told Congress that a crucial part of the Bush administration's democratization initiative will be establishing "American corners" in libraries overseas, complete with Internet kiosks where locals can surf the Web. Yet the growth of the Internet has not substantially altered the political climate in most authoritarian countries.
ACCESSION #
12662241

 

Related Articles

  • Democratic Transition and Consolidation in Taiwan. Rigger, Shelley // AEI Paper & Studies;2012, p1 

    Taiwan's democratic transition began with baby-step reforms in the late 1970s, accelerated through the 1980s, and reached its apex with the first direct presidential election in 1996. In the sixteen years since that watershed event, Taiwan's democracy has moved toward consolidation, but the pace...

  • Democratization and the Discourse on Stability in Hong Kong and Singapore. Ortmann, Stephan // Taiwan Journal of Democracy;Jul2014, Vol. 10 Issue 1, p123 

    Democrats in both Hong Kong and Singapore face a discourse on stability that is hostile to liberal democracy, but only activists in Hong Kong have successfully reframed this discourse to motivate potential supporters to actively push for democratization. The difference between the situations in...

  • Computers and use of the Internet In Hungary at the millennium. Péterfi, Rita // Library Review / Konyvtari Figyelo;2003, Vol. 13 Issue 3, p548 

    Review on the use of the Internet and various user-groups in Hungary, based on data collected from Internet literature and public opinion poll data, with a short summary of the international state of affairs. In international comparison, there is a computer with Internet connection in every...

  • The New Antidemocrats Gilley, Bruce // Orbis;Mar2006, Vol. 50 Issue 2, p259 

    Abstract: Democratization has lately received new rounds of criticism from antidemocrats on both the right and the left. As the prevalence of democracy throughout the world has surpassed that of dictatorship and other forms of undemocratic government, nostalgia for authoritarianism has blurred...

  • Transition from Authoritarianism to Democracy. Wesołowski, Włodzimierz // Social Research;Summer90, Vol. 57 Issue 2, p435 

    This article analyzes Poland's transition from authoritarianism to democracy. Totalitarianism was imposed upon Poland by the Soviet army. This is why it could never be completely assimilated and did not develop its specific traits to the fullest scale. Many Poles perceived the system as...

  • China's Stubborn Anti-Democracy. Ying Ma // Policy Review;Feb/Mar2007, Issue 141, p3 

    This article discusses the promotion of democracy in China. Successive U.S. presidents made efforts to pursue democratization in China but they failed. Some reasons for this failure are indicated, including the success of the communist government in resisting democratization. In addition, this...

  • Federalism and Electoral Authoritarianism under Putin. Ross, Cameron // Demokratizatsiya;Summer2005, Vol. 13 Issue 3, p347 

    Throughout its short history, federal relations in Russia have been dominated by extra-legal political and economic relations rather than constitutionalism and the rule of law. The Russian Federation's unique blend of constitutional, socioeconomic, and political asymmetry, far from promoting...

  • CZY IRAN JEST JUÅ» (SEMI)AUTOKRACJÄ„ RYWALIZACYJNÄ„? Hanaj, Piotr; Nowotarski, Bartłomiej // Social Sciences / Nauki Spoleczne;2012, Vol. 1 Issue 5, p87 

    Can the next democratic wave which has hit Arab countries in North Africa and Middle East reach the Islamic Republic of Iran? The article analysis the inner premises of the successful democratic transition in Iranian theocracy. The authors recognize the evident progress after 2009 presidential...

  • Understanding Social Trajectories: Structure and Actor in the Democratization Debate. Hadiz, Vedi R. // Pacific Affairs;Winter2008/2009, Vol. 81 Issue 4, p527 

    This article offers a structuralist approach to understanding social trajectories following the demise of authoritarian regimes. It does so by analyzing the case of Indonesia in the context of debates about democratization more broadly, whether in Southeast Asia or elsewhere. The paper presents...

Share

Read the Article

Courtesy of VIRGINIA BEACH PUBLIC LIBRARY AND SYSTEM

Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics