The United States
in Democratization through the looking-glass

Maintaining the United States' integrity abroad necessitated the remedying of its own democratic deficit; this duality illustrates the overlapping effects of domestic and international politics in the formation of American nationhood. This chapter assesses the conventional timing of the United States' democratization, a prelude to considering how best to conceive the core beliefs and values of American nationhood. The chapter then examines how international pressures influenced the democratization enacted in the 1960s. It concludes the present role of the United States as a domestic and international emblem of liberal democracy. The United States' role as a defender of Western democracy against extremist ideologies has both fanned the resurgence of anti-Americanism and underlined its international presence. The chapter considers then these domestic and international roles in turn.

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Editor: Peter Burnell
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