Across the Bay

Saturday, July 24, 2004

Beyond Liberalization: What Exactly Are We Talking About?

Daniel Brumberg wrote an illuminating article in the Wilson Quarterly that's worth looking at.

Brumberg lays out the differences between democratization and liberalization, as well as his view on how to move forward. In the superficial talk about democracy from within vs. democracy from the outside, clear definition of what exactly is being sought after is lost (for instance, see this piece by Marina Ottaway on confusing women's rights with democracy).

I've stressed the issue of lexicon and definition in my posts, and this article is a very good expansion on that theme. Take a look.