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Democracy in Central AsiaCompeting Perspectives and Alternative Strategies$
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Mariya Y. Omelicheva

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780813160689

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813160689.001.0001

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Assessing the Effectiveness of Democracy Promotion Frames

Assessing the Effectiveness of Democracy Promotion Frames

(p.115) 7 Assessing the Effectiveness of Democracy Promotion Frames
Democracy in Central Asia

Mariya Y. Omelicheva

University Press of Kentucky

In this chapter, alternative democracy promotion frames used by the US, EU, Russia, China, and the governments of the Central Asian states are assessed on several dimensions of effectiveness, including cultural compatibility, salience, consistency, and credibility. The effectiveness of the Central Asian governments' discursive frames is assessed against the beliefs, values, and dispositions of their own citizens, as determined by the survey instrument and focus groups. By looking at the limitations of the Western democracy promotion frames and the interest-based compatibility of ideas promoted by Russia and China, as well as by investigating the public resonance of national democracy frames, this chapter demonstrates that the alternative models for governance promoted by Russia and China enjoy greater support in Central Asia—just as the Central Asian governments' own models of democracy resonate strongly with their respective populations.

Keywords:   Russia, China, United States (US), European Union (EU), Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Central Asia, democracy, alternative democracy frames

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