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Revising the democratic revolution - into the Americas.

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  • Peter Wilkin
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>08/2003
<mark>Journal</mark>Third World Quarterly
Issue number4
Number of pages587
Pages (from-to)655-69
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English


This article examines the claims of the democratic peace thesis by tracing the embedding of democracy in three countries: Nicaragua, Brazil and Colombia. In so doing it highlights the way in which the democratic peace that has spread in the post-cold war period has to be understood as part of a continued imperialist strategy by the core capitalist states and their dominant social forces in the modern world system. The meaning of democracy in this revolution is to promote and instill a form of corporate government that reinforces private power against human needs and rights. Nonetheless, this is an unstable strategy and the three examples considered here illustrate that this creates space for anti-capitalist opposition to organise and challenge this restricted conception of democracy.