Political Transformation and Democracy Promotion

The promotion of democracy has become an important area for most aid agencies and international organisations. Yet, the legitimacy of democracy promotion and its effectiveness are highly contested. Moreover, old and new autocracies in the Middle East and Africa as well as in Central, East and South East Asia raise doubts about the inevitability of democratic order for successful development and about the prospects of external democracy promotion. Moreover, global power shifts to the advantage of authoritarian countries, such as China and Russia, may hold the potential to change the global landscape to the detriment of democratic systems and lend autocracy a new attractiveness.

The team of the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) analyses the international determinants of political order from three different angles:

  • Which political and societal structures are conducive to which form of political order or, for that matter, a change of that order?
  • How is bi- and multilateral democracy promotion organised and to what extent can it contribute towards democratisation in developing countries?
  • What role plays foreign aid in the context of democracy promotion?

Current Publications

The First Yearbook of Climate Action: What businesses, cities and regions do, and which next steps are needed?

Chan, Sander / Thomas Hale / Angel Hsu / Friederike Eichhorn / Ann Gardiner / Brendan Guy
The Current Column of 16 November 2017

The politics of finance: how capital sways African Central Banks

Dafe, Florence
Externe Publikationen of 15 November 2017

Climate conference in Bonn: good COP or bad COP?

Bauer, Steffen
The Current Column of 15 November 2017