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Exporting Legitimacy: The Record of EU Election Observation in the context of EU Democracy Support. CEPS Working Documents No. 241, 25 March 2006

Meyer-Resende, Michael. (2006) Exporting Legitimacy: The Record of EU Election Observation in the context of EU Democracy Support. CEPS Working Documents No. 241, 25 March 2006. [Working Paper]

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    Abstract

    Over the last five years, the EU has sent more than 35 Election Observation Missions (EOMs) around the world. EOMs are often the most visible part of the EU’s efforts to promote democracy abroad and carry consequences for the EU’s overall policy towards a given country. While the methods and techniques of observing elections are well established, the linkage between the findings of observers and general political follow-up by the EU can be weak, in particular in cases where observers report significant flaws. The EU should be more coherent in these cases. The EU should also better address deterioration of democratic standards in its own member states, in order to maintain its credibility in this field. Given that the EU promotes a rule-based multilateral world order, it should have every interest in the legitimacy of its partner governments and the upholding of legally binding global standards for elections.

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    Item Type: Working 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 Working Documents
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 15 Apr 2007
    Page Range: p. 20
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:43
    URI: http://aei.pitt.edu/id/eprint/6684

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