Columbia International Affairs Online: Working Papers

CIAO DATE: 05/2015

The New Global Marketplace of Political Change

Thomas Carothers, Oren Samet-Marram

April 2015

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace


Western democratic powers are no longer the dominant external shapers of political transitions around the world. A new global marketplace of political change now exists, in which varied arrays of states, including numerous nondemocracies and non-Western democracies, are influencing transitional trajectories. Western policymakers and aid practitioners have been slow to come to grips with the realities and implications of this new situation.