preview

Creating Institutions to Influence Democracy Outside the United States

Good Essays
Creating institutions to influence democracy abroad, U.S. leaders adopted foreign policies to undermine autocratic regimes through the use of economic sanctions, covert and overt military operations, and policy-agreements tied to the dispersal of U.S. backed aide (Mansfield, Edward & Pevehouse Jon, 2008). Many of the agreements tied to the dispersal of aide called for conditions and changes that would force the start of democratization. It would be interesting to investigate if the amount of aide dispersed by the United States increased to countries that participated in international organizations. If so, aide is a lurking incentive for otherwise non-democratic regimes to engage in international organizations and democratization. I believe that the interests of the United States and its powerful figure in world affairs gave it the capability to force democratization and the participation of state-actors in international organizations. Because of this, in order to achieve the most accurate evidence using the current conceptual linkage between the IV and the DV, the connection and/or relationship of each respective country engaged in both democratic transitions and international organizations to the United States must be evaluated to see if the U.S was either a controlling factor, or if U.S. aide manipulate the propensity of otherwise non-democratic states to engage in both democratic transitions, and participate in international organizations . The data set in the experiment model failed to include the dates when transitioning state actors joined IOs and thus, failed to show if particular years were more conducive to IO memberships than others. It is also my perception that the study fails to control the strategic-security vari... ... middle of paper ... ...he empirical evidence in an easy to read statistical outline proving their initial argument that in a way, connects democratization to an increase in the participation of state actors in international organizations. Although I believe the administration of the experiment established a working and plausible hypothesis, there are simply too many external factors to credit their findings as fact, as opposed to socio-political theory. In the future, Mansfield and Pevehouse should include numerous other factors and control groups to better support their empirical findings. Of those, strategic-security factors should be used as a control group and the spurious linkage of transitioning state-actors should be studied in the context of whether the United States had control and/or manipulated an otherwise non-democratic actor, its regime type, and its IO membership status.
Get Access