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Democratization And The UN

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Since the end of the socialist bloc under the leadership of the Soviet Union, the concept of democratization appears to have won virtually universal support and acceptance as a political programme. In a more generalized functional sense, the concept of democratization refers to processes of institution building and certain changes in the value commitments internalized by the inhabitants of the countries concerned. This article outlines major trends and benchmarks in the development of the debate about democratization in the UN context since 1945. Seen from a general social science perspective, these developments in recent decades are not a novel phenomenon, but the contemporary version of a belated socio-political adaptation to the barely perceived and little understood secular dynamics of integration of world society, or the capitalist world system, respectively.

Keywords: concept of democratization; institution building; socio-political adaptation; United Nations



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