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Institution-Building And Democratic Governance

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An analysis of the mandates entrusted to the recent international administrations and the subsequent reconstruction missions in Afghanistan and Iraq reveals an unambiguous aim to introduce democracy into these states and territories. Democratic governance seems to be one of the primaries, if not the most important, aims, and is for that reason not just an essential component of peace-building missions, but often one of the final objectives. The chapter starts with an analysis of the transitional process in the institutional sphere. It analyses to what extent the principles of democratic governance have been implemented in the four cases, in particular in the conversion from transitional or interim institutions to entirely national ones. The chapter focuses on the organisation of free and fair elections, in conjunction with the implementation of freedom of expression and association in particular in respect of political parties.

Keywords: Afghanistan; democratic governance; fair elections; freedom of expression; interim institutions; Iraq; peace-building missions; political parties



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