1st Edition

Democracy Promotion in the EU’s Neighbourhood From Leverage to Governance?

Edited By Sandra Lavenex, Frank Schimmelfennig Copyright 2013
    192 Pages
    by Routledge

    192 Pages
    by Routledge

    EU external democracy promotion has traditionally been based on ‘linkage’, i.e. bottom-up support for democratic forces in third countries, and ‘leverage’, i.e. the top-down inducement of political elites towards democratic reforms through political conditionality. The advent of the European Neighbourhood Policy and new forms of association have introduced a new, third model of democracy promotion which rests in functional cooperation between administrations. This volume comparatively defines and assesses these three models of external democracy promotion in the EU’s relations with its eastern and southern neighbours. It argues that while ‘linkage’ has hitherto failed to produce tangible outcomes, and the success of ‘leverage’ has basically been tied to an EU membership perspective, the ‘governance’ model of democracy promotion bears greater potential beyond the circle of candidate countries. This third approach, while not tackling the core institutions of the political system as such, but rather promoting transparency, accountability, and participation at the level of state administration, may turn out to remain the EU’s most tangible form of democratic governance promotion in the future.

    This book was originally published as a special issue of Democratization.

    1. EU democracy promotion in the neighbourhood: from leverage to governance? Sandra Lavenex, University of Lucerne, Switzerland and Frank Schimmelfennig, ETH Zürich, Switzerland 

    2. Political Conditionality and European Union’s cultivation of democracy in Turkey Paul Kubicek, Rochester University, USA

    3. From Brussels with love: leverage, bemchmarking, and the action plans with Jordan and Tunisia in the EU’s democratization policy Raffaella del Sarto, University of Oxford, UK and Tobias Schumacher, Lisbon University Institute, Portugal 

    4. The EU’s two-track approach to democracy promotion: the case of Ukraine Tom Casier, University of Kent, UK 

    5. The promotion of participatory governance in the EU’s external policies: compromised by sectoral economic interests? Anne Wetzel, Mannheim University, Germany

    6. Transgovernmental networks as catalysts for democratic change? EU functional cooperation with Arab authoritarian regimes and socialization of involved state officials into democratic governance Tina Freyburg, EUI Florence, Italy 

    7. Democracy promotion through functional cooperation? The case of the European Neighbourhood Policy Tina Freyburg, EUI Florence, Italy, Sandra Lavenex, University of Lucerne, Switzerland, Frank Schimmelfennig, ETH Zürich, Switzerland, Tatiana Skripkaand Anne Wetzel, University of Mannheim, Germany 


    Sandra Lavenex is Professor of International Politics at the University of Lucerne, Switzerland and is also Visiting Professor at the College of Europe.

    Frank Schimmelfennig is Professor of European Politics at ETH Zürich, Switzerland.