13 September 2012
The EU’s Promotion of External Democracy
In Search of the Plot
Within the context of EU’s external democracy promotion policies, this brief illustrates that both the conceptualization of democracy and the means to achieve it remain vague, and explains why this is problematic. It points out the risks that stem from a lack of clear understanding about how human rights, governance, civil society and socio-economic development relate to democratization. It concludes that the EU should reflect on the substance of its external democracy promotion policies and conceptualize the relationship between the different elements of democracy promotion cited above and democratization.
© 2012 Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)
Anne Wetzel, Jan Orbie
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