With map and compass on narrow paths and through shallow waters: Discovering the substance of EU democracy promotion

Wetzel, Anne ; Orbie, Jan

URL: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/277210820...
Document Type: Article
Year of publication: 2011
The title of a journal, publication series: European Foreign Affairs Review
Volume: 16
Issue number: 5
Page range: 705-725
Place of publication: The Hague [u.a.]
Publishing house: Kluwer Law Internat.
ISSN: 1384-6299
Publication language: English
Institution: Außerfakultäre Einrichtungen > Mannheim Centre for European Social Research - Research Department B
Subject: 320 Political science
Abstract: This article presents the conclusions that we have drawn from the contributions to the special issue on the substance of EU democracy promotion. The main findings of the articles are summarized in a table that includes values for the components of the embedded democracy framework across the various countries and regions that were examined. Although some variation can be discerned within the embedded democracy framework and across the different countries and regions, the EU's policies remain firmly entrenched within the notion of embedded liberal democracy. In addition, three common observations on the substance of EU democracy promotion can be discerned: (1) the focus on elections has been more limited than expected, (2) the EU has largely focused on the external context conditions, and (3) the links between the latter and the partial regimes of democracy are under-specified. Thus, while the EU's democracy promotion policies suggest that one model suits all, it is not assumed that one size should fit all. More generally, it appears that EU democracy promotion sits uneasily between a 'narrow' and 'shallow' agenda, which can be explained by different factors. At the same time, it reflects the internal democratic condition of the EU.

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