Democracy Assistance from the Third Wave
Polish Engagement in Belarus and Ukraine
Publication Year: 2014
Published by: University of Pittsburgh Press
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This book addresses several questions that deal with democracy assistance provided by countries that experienced the “third wave of democracy” and that were recipients of this kind of aid not so long ago.1 Why does a country that received democracy assistance in the past offer such...
1. Belarus’s and Ukraine’s Quest for Democracy
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The political experiences of Belarus and Ukraine since the dissolution of the Soviet Union have broadly diverged, with Belarus backsliding toward authoritarianism and Ukraine struggling with democratization. Paralleling those political experiences are the two countries’ situations with...
2. Polish Governmental Aid Programs
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The Polish government provides aid for democracy assistance in various areas, through multiple channels of aid distribution, and with various partners. Drawing on data from the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) that has not previously been addressed by scholars, the analysis in...
3. The Solidarity Movement’s Lasting Legacy: Polish NGOs’ Engagement in Democracy Assistance
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Although nongovernmental organizations are major partners in implementing the Polish government's democracy assistance, they began their own such activities in the postcommunist region in the 1990s, before the government's program was established. Polish NGOs' involvement in...
4. Demystifying Cross-Border Networks: Polish NGOs’ Civil Society Assistance in Belarus and Ukraine
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The scholarly literature contains very little about cross-border collaborative civil society networks like those established by Polish nongovernmental organizations in Belarus and Ukraine. This chapter fills that void by describing the origin, evolution, and character of these collaborative...
5. Why Polish Democracy Assistance Matters
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Polish democracy assistance relies extensively on Polish NGOs’ efforts, which may be analyzed through different prisms: the literature on democracy assistance, Polish NGOs’ own opinions and evaluation of the results of their efforts, and the opinions of Western donors about Polish...
6. Implications for Theory and Practice
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This book has taken a detailed look at a particular example of democracy assistance efforts provided by a young democracy, something that has not been studied before. This book makes some contributions to research on democracy assistance...
Appendix 1. Interviews Conducted
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Appendix 2. Interview Questions
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Appendix 3. Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Assistance Data
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Appendix 4. NED Data on Cross-Border Work
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Appendix 5. Typical Polish NGO Project Summaries
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Page Count: 384
Publication Year: 2014