Democracy promotion: “Politically engaged best practice”
Critics of donor-funded democracy promotion projects complain that they are naive attempts to replicate the practices of developed countries. David Guinn and Jeffrey Straussman say that the reality is more complicated. They describe a more nuanced approach to democracy promotion, which they call “politically engaged best practice,” and show how it can be applied to the task of legislative strengthening in developing countries. Politically engaged programming still recognizes that there are best practices, but allows room for development agencies and implementers to consider how practices should be adjusted to fit “social and cultural systems.” Read the article.