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Carothers, Thomas 1956-

Works: 78 works in 244 publications in 1 language and 10,236 library holdings
Genres: History 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Creator, Contributor
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Most widely held works by Thomas Carothers
Confronting the weakest link : aiding political parties in new democracies by Thomas Carothers( )

13 editions published between 2006 and 2012 in English and held by 1,527 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Beginning with a penetrating analysis of party shortcomings in developing and post-communist countries, Thomas Carothers draws on extensive field research to diagnose chronic deficiencies in party aid, assess its overall impact, and offer practical ideas for doing better
Promoting the rule of law abroad : in search of knowledge by Thomas Carothers( )

18 editions published between 2006 and 2010 in English and held by 1,448 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Promoting the rule of law has become a major part of Western efforts to spread democracy and market economics around the world. Yet, although programs to foster the rule of law abroad have mushroomed, well-grounded knowledge about what factors ensure success, and why, remains scarce. In Promoting the Rule of Law Abroad, leading practitioners and policy-oriented scholars draw on years of experience to critically assess the rationale, methods, and goals of rule-of-law policies and programs. These incisive, accessible essays offer vivid portrayals and penetrating analyses of the challenges that define this vital but often misunderstood field. Book jacket."--Jacket
Aiding democracy abroad : the learning curve by Thomas Carothers( )

26 editions published between 1999 and 2011 in English and held by 1,352 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Thomas Carothers examines democracy aid programs relating to elections, political parties, governmental reform, rule of law, civil society, independent media, labor unions, decentralization, and other elements of what he describes as "the democracy template" that policy makers and aid officials apply around the world." "Steering a careful path between the inflated claims of aid advocates and the exaggerated criticisms of their opponents, Carothers takes a hard look at what such programs achieve and how they can be improved."--Jacket
Development aid confronts politics : the almost revolution by Thomas Carothers( )

18 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 1,182 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A new lens on development is changing the world of international aid. The overdue recognition that development in all sectors is an inherently political process is driving aid providers to try to learn how to think and act politically. Major donors are pursuing explicitly political goals alongside their traditional socioeconomic aims and introducing more politically informed methods throughout their work. Yet these changes face an array of external and internal obstacles, from heightened sensitivity on the part of many aid-receiving governments about foreign political interventionism to inflexible aid delivery mechanisms and entrenched technocratic preferences within many aid organizations. This pathbreaking book assesses the progress and pitfalls of the attempted politics revolution in development aid and charts a constructive way forward. Contents: Introduction 1. The New Politics Agenda The Original Framework: 1960s-1980s 2. Apolitical Roots Breaking the Political Taboo: 1990s-2000s 3. The Door Opens to Politics 4. Advancing Political Goals 5. Toward Politically Informed Methods The Way Forward 6. Politically Smart Development Aid 7. The Unresolved Debate on Political Goals 8. The Integration Frontier Conclusion 9. The Long Road to Politics
Uncharted journey : promoting democracy in the Middle East by Thomas Carothers( )

14 editions published between 2005 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,132 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The United States faces no greater challenge today than successfully fulfilling its new ambition of helping bring about a democratic transformation of the Middle East. Uncharted Journey contributes a wealth of concise, illuminating insights on this subject, drawing on the contributors' deep knowledge of Arab politics and their substantial experience with democracy-building in other parts of the world. The essays in part one vividly dissect the state of Arab politics today, including an up-to-date examination of the political shock wave in the region produced by the invasion of Iraq. Part two and three set out a provocative exploration of the possible elements of a democracy promotion strategy for the region. The contributors identify potential false steps as well as a productive way forward, avoiding the twin shoals of either reflexive pessimism in the face of the daunting obstacles to Arab democratization or an unrealistic optimism that fails to take into account the region's political complexities. Contributors include Eva Bellin (Hunter College), Daniel Brumberg (Carnegie Endowment), Thomas Carothers (Carnegie Endowment), Michele Dunne (Georgetown University), Graham Fuller, Amy Hawthorne (Carnegie Endowment), Marina Ottaway (Carnegie Endowment), and Richard Youngs (Foreign Policy Centre)
Funding virtue : civil society aid and democracy promotion by Marina Ottaway( )

14 editions published between 2000 and 2012 in English and held by 1,066 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In recent years the United States and many other international donors have embraced civil society aid as a key tool of democracy promotion. They support thousands of NGOs around the world in the name of civil society development, investing in these organizations high hopes for fostering democratic participation and values. Funding Virtue: Civil Society Aid and Democracy Promotion critically examines this burgeoning field. A diverse, distinguished collection of democracy experts and civil society practitioners from both donor and recipient countries analyze civil society aid in five regions, including country case studies of South Africa, the Philippines, Peru, Egypt, and Romania. The authors focus on crucial issues and dilemmas, such as the relationship between donor conceptions of civil society and local realities, the effects of civil society programs, and how aid can be improved. The book's broad geographic reach, practical focus, and analytic rigor make it an invaluable guide to this vital new area of international affairs
Critical mission : essays on democracy promotion by Thomas Carothers( )

14 editions published between 2004 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,005 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Demand for practical knowledge and lessons about how the United States and other countries can more effectively promote democracy around the world has never been higher. This timely book by Thomas Carothers, one of the foremost authorities worldwide on democracy building, helps meet that need. Critical Mission draws together a wide-ranging set of Carotherss many seminal, widely cited essays, organized around four vital themes: the role of democracy promotion in U.S. foreign policy the core elements of democracy aid the state of democracy in the world the new U.S. push to promote democracy in the Middle East From puncturing myths about promoting civil society to sizing up the prospects for democracy in the Arab world, Carothers is consistently penetrating, incisive, and challenging to policymakers, democracy activists, and scholars alike. The book also includes the only up-to-date, comprehensive bibliography on democracy promotion
In the name of democracy : U.S. policy toward Latin America in the Reagan years by Thomas Carothers( Book )

6 editions published between 1991 and 1993 in English and held by 758 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Assessing democracy assistance : the case of Romania by Thomas Carothers( Book )

12 editions published between 1996 and 2013 in English and held by 535 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In recent years, assistance aimed at promoting democracy abroad has become a major component of U.S. foreign aid and of the U.S. government's post-Cold War policy of seeking to enlarge the international community of democratic nations. Despite its rapid growth, however, democracy assistance remains poorly understood in practice and its value is frequently questioned. This landmark study, an examination of U.S. democracy assistance efforts in Romania, is the first comprehensive analysis of the workings-and failings-of U.S. democracy assistance in one country. Based on the author's extensive field research, the study provides widely applicable answers to key questions about the value, strategies, methods, and future of such assistance
Stepping back from democratic pessimism by Thomas Carothers( )

2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 21 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pessimism about the progress of democracy in the developing and post communist worlds has risen sharply in recent years. Negative developments in a variety of countries, such as military coups, failed elections, and the emergence of antidemocratic populist leaders, have caused some observers to argue that democracy is in retreat and authoritarianism on the march. A broad look at the state of democracy around the world reveals however that although the condition of democracy is certainly troubled in many places, when viewed relative to where it was at the start of this decade, democracy has not lost ground in the world overall
Accountability, transparency, participation, and inclusion : a new development consensus? by Thomas Carothers( )

2 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Four key principles -- accountability, transparency, participation, and inclusion -- have in recent years become nearly universal features of the policy statements and programs of international development organizations. Yet this apparently widespread new consensus is deceptive: behind the ringing declarations lie fundamental fissures over the value and application of these concepts. Understanding and addressing these divisions is crucial to ensuring that the four principles become fully embedded in international development work"--Publisher's web site
Looking for help : will rising democracies become international democracy supporters? by Thomas Carothers( )

2 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The emergence of a multipolar world gives Western democracy advocates cause for both optimism and anxiety. China's success sparks fears of the spread of an autocratic development model. Yet democratic states such as Brazil, Indonesia, India, South Africa, and Turkey are also gaining ground. These countries serve as powerful examples of the universal appeal of democracy and possess unique experiences with democratization. The United States and Europe understandably hope that rising democracies will use their growing prominence to defend democratic values abroad, potentially revitalizing international democracy support. Rising democracies, however, are often reluctant to publicly embrace a democracy and human rights agenda. Most of them are exponents of the pro-sovereignty, anti-interventionist approach to international politics. They emphasize inclusive cooperation among developing countries and are disinclined to confront autocratic leaders. They are also habitually wary of Western, especially U.S., intentions in the developing world and thus frequently suspicious of Western democracy promotion. Western powers should not dismiss the potential contribution that rising democracies can make to democracy support, but they should moderate their expectations and proceed with caution. They should start building cooperation with rising democracies through low-visibility, sustained endeavors rather than high-visibility, short-term gestures. Western actors must also be flexible in considering rising democracies' differing conceptions of how best to support democracy. Support for partnerships between nongovernmental actors in established and rising democracies may offer the best way forward. An engaged but balanced Western approach is the best option for encouraging rising democracies to play a productive role in the challenge of responding to the serious backlash against international democracy support that emerged over the last decade
Aiding governance in developing countries : progress and uncertainties by Thomas Carothers( )

2 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Since emerging as a new donor enthusiasm in the 1990s, governance support has become a major area of aid to developing countries. The idea that remedying debilitating patterns of inefficient, corrupt, and unaccountable governance will unlock developmental progress appeals not just to aid providers but also to ordinary people throughout the developing world who are angry at unresponsive and poorly functioning states. Yet despite the natural appeal of improving governance, it has proved challenging in practice. Many initial assumptions about the task have run aground on the shoals of countervailing realities. As a result, aid practitioners have begun accumulating important insights about how to improve governance aid. Even as governance assistance progresses, it struggles with several continuing uncertainties. The empirical case that improved governance is necessary for development progress is less straightforward than many aid practitioners would wish. The increasing pressure faced by most aid organizations for rapid, clearly measurable results sometimes works against sophisticated governance assistance. Larger international aid trends, especially the rise of new donors with other priorities, threaten to weaken the governance agenda. Fully operationalizing these insights and overcoming the uncertainties will be hard. But the central promise of governance assistance -- finally getting to the heart of the development challenge -- is great enough to justify the effort and to ensure that even partial success will be worthwhile
U.S. democracy promotion during and after Bush by Thomas Carothers( Book )

3 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The future of democracy promotion as part of U.S. foreign poilcy is uncertain. Under George W. Bush, democracy promotion has been widely discredited through its close association with the Iraq war. Only a minority of the U.S. public now supports democracy promotion as a U.S. policy goal, and both the Republican and Democratic parties are internally divided on the subject
Confronting the weakest link : aiding political parties in new democraties by Thomas Carothers( Book )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Is gradualism possible? : choosing a strategy for promoting democracy in the Middle East by Thomas Carothers( Book )

3 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The United States and Latin America after the Cold War by Thomas Carothers( Book )

6 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Closing space : democracy and human rights support under fire by Thomas Carothers( )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After seeing its reach increase for decades, international support for democracy and human rights faces a serious challenge: more and more governments are erecting legal and logistical barriers to democracy and rights programs, publicly vilifying international aid groups and their local partners, and harassing such groups or expelling them altogether. Despite the significant implications of the pushback, the roots and full scope of the phenomenon remain poorly understood and responses to it are often weak
The Clinton record on democracy promotion by Thomas Carothers( Book )

2 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace presents the September 2000 working paper "The Clinton Record on Democracy Promotion" in PDF format. Thomas Carothers, author of the paper, examines the role of democracy promotion during the presidency of U.S. President William Jefferson Clinton (1946- )
The Moldovan parliamentary elections : February 27, 1994( Book )

2 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Promoting the rule of law abroad : in search of knowledge
Promoting the rule of law abroad : in search of knowledgeAiding democracy abroad : the learning curveUncharted journey : promoting democracy in the Middle EastFunding virtue : civil society aid and democracy promotionCritical mission : essays on democracy promotionAssessing democracy assistance : the case of RomaniaConfronting the weakest link : aiding political parties in new democraties
Alternative Names
Carothers, T. 1956-

Kārūdhirz, T. 1956-

Kārūdhirz, Tūmās 1956-

Thomas Carothers American political scientist

Thomas Carothers Amerikaans politicoloog

Thomas Carothers politólogo estadounidense

Thomas Carothers politólogu estauxunidense

توماس كاروذرز، 1956-

كاروذرز، توماس

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