Nested Games of External Democracy Promotion

The United States and the Polish Liberalization 1980-1989

  • Authors
  • Rainer Thiel

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-16
  2. Rainer Thiel
    Pages 63-89
  3. Rainer Thiel
    Pages 161-178
  4. Rainer Thiel
    Pages 237-263
  5. Rainer Thiel
    Pages 265-280
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 281-318

About this book


Nested Games of External Democracy Promotion develops a game theoretic model that explains how an external actor influences the strategic interaction between an authoritarian regime and a democratic opposition. In a multiple arena approach, the confrontation between regime and opposition on the domestic level is nested inside a game on the international level, at which the regime is simultaneously entangled with a democracy promotion actor. As a case study, the book formally reconstructs how United States democracy assistance influenced the Polish liberalization process between 1980 and 1989. The process tracing of its causal mechanisms is extensive and builds on data previously not recorded. With regard to Cold War history, new light is brought into U.S. American policies and strategies behind the Iron Curtain.


Cold War Democratisation Demokratisierung Game Theory Spieltheorie Transition comparative politics

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften | Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden GmbH, Wiesbaden 2010
  • Publisher Name VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-3-531-17769-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-531-92606-3
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