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The EU's Promotion of External Democracy: In search of the plot. CEPS Policy Brief No. 281, 13 September 2012

Wetzel, Anne and Orbie, Jan (2012) The EU's Promotion of External Democracy: In search of the plot. CEPS Policy Brief No. 281, 13 September 2012. [Policy Paper]

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    Abstract

    This policy brief illustrates that both the conceptualisation 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 democratisation. It concludes that the EU should reflect on the substance of its external democracy promotion policies and conceptualise the relationship between the different elements of democracy promotion cited above and democratisation. While ongoing reforms of international democracy promotion should continue, a wider debate on substance could help identify what the EU should support in the future. The EU should also establish a reflective external democracy promotion policy where the assessment of actions on democratic development becomes systematic and is institutionalised.

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    Item Type: Policy Paper
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > External relations > human rights & democracy initiatives
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    Series: Series > Centre for European Policy Studies (Brussels) > CEPS Policy Briefs
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 02 Oct 2012 13:23
    Number of Pages: 6
    Last Modified: 11 Apr 2014 13:02
    URI: http://aei.pitt.edu/id/eprint/36821

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