Intervention Without Intervening?

The OAS Defense and Promotion of Democracy in the Americas
Cooper, Andrew F.
Legler, Thomas
Date published: 
April 2006

This book looks at the evolution of the Organization of American States (OAS) multilateralism for democracy and the lessons its experience holds for other multilateral contexts. It also tackles the theoretical challenge of bridging the traditional divide between international relations and comparative politics. The book stresses the need for conceptual tools that allow scholars to take into consideration the transnationalization of democratization processes in their analysis, where previous emphasis was placed on domestic variables in regime change. The growing role of the OAS, the Rio Group, foreign governments, and international NGOs in democracy assistance underscores the transnational nature of current democratization trends. The authors present an 'inter-active' approach to tackle the dilemma of the inter-relation between internal and external factors.