Sanctions and democracy

Journal article

Marinov, Nikolay and Nili, Shmuel. (2015) Sanctions and democracy. International Interactions. 41(4), pp. 765 - 778.
AuthorsMarinov, Nikolay and Nili, Shmuel

How do economic sanctions affect democratization, and should the former be used to promote the latter? Imposing economic pain on large swaths of an already vulnerable population in order to nudge democratic change poses thorny issues. Does it work, in terms of securing democratic outcomes? Even if it did, is this way of achieving change justifiable? We explore the connections between the normative and positive sides of the argument for sanctions in light of theoretical and normative progress in two decades of post-Cold War research on democracy. We argue that some sanctions policies used under specific conditions are more justifiable, but there are other sanctions policies that are less justifiable.

Keywordsdemocracy; democratization; international institutions; sanctions
JournalInternational Interactions
Journal citation41 (4), pp. 765 - 778
PublisherTaylor & Francis
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Scopus EID2-s2.0-84954242748
Page range765 - 778
Research GroupInstitute for Humanities and Social Sciences
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Place of publicationUnited States of America
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