Telephone
(+855) 99841445/ 99 929 323
Email
admin@asianvision.org
Address
Jaya Smart Hotel 2nd Floor, Street 566, Boeung Kok 2, Toul Kork, Phnom Penh.

AVI PERSPECTIVE ISSUE: 2021, No. 11

Challenges of Democratisation Theories: From the Perspectives of “Democracy” and “Development”

ISSUE 2021
No 11
Release 29 September 2021
By SIM Vireak

Sim Vireak, Strategic Advisor to AVI, argues that despite its grandest appeal after the Cold War, democracy and efforts toward democratisation also have their shortcomings. This article examines those shortcomings from the lens of interaction between democracy and development, focusing more on pragmatic perspectives of developing countries. The article supports Adrian Leftwich’s argument that democracy promotion needs to be consensual and incremental in terms of changes. More importantly, democracy promotion should not jeopardise peace and social harmony and should take due consideration of state capacity in delivering public services, level of education of the mass on democratic tolerance, and critical thinking ability of the mass in distinguishing between rights, freedom, and duties.