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International Actors, Democratization and the Rule of Law

Anchoring Democracy?, 1st Edition

Edited by Amichai Magen, Leonardo Morlino


304 pages | 5 B/W Illus.

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Do external factors facilitate or hamper domestic democratic development? Do international actors influence the development of greater civil and political freedom, democratic accountability, equality, responsiveness and the rule of law in domestic systems? How should we conceptualize, identify and evaluate the extent and nature of international influence?

These are some of the complex questions that this volume approaches. Using new theoretical insights and empirical data, the contributors develop a model to analyze the transitional processes of Romania, Turkey, Serbia and Ukraine. In developing this argument, the book examines:

  • the adoption, implementation and internalization of the rule of law
  • the rule of law as a central dimension of liberal and substantive democracy
  • the interaction between external and domestic structures and agents

Offering a different stance from most of the current literature on the subject, International Actors, Democratization and the Rule of Law makes an important contribution to our knowledge of the international dimensions of democratization. This book will be of importance to scholars, students and policy-makers with an interest in the rule of law, international relations theory and comparative politics.


"This innovative volume advances our understanding of variations in the quality of democracy, and of the precise international pathways involved. These pathways are traced by deploying three linked concepts - democratic anchoring, layering, and cyclicality. The project's analytical eclecticism provides a model that can be extended and generalized and that will enrich the comparative democratization literature." Laurence Whitehead, Nuffield College, Oxford, UK.

"An important study of how external actors influence democratic development, featuring a useful analytic taxonomy for understanding such influence, a telling focus on the rule of law, and well-grounded, absorbing country case studies." Thomas Carothers, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Table of Contents

Preface Amichai Magen and Leonardo Morlino 1. Hybrid Regimes, the Rule of Law, and External Influence on Domestic Change Amichai Magen and Leonardo Morlino 2. Methods of Influence, Layers of Impact, Cycles of Change: A Framework for Analysis Leonardo Morlino and Amichai Magen 3. EU Democratic Rule of Law Promotion Elena Baracani 4. Romania: Vetoed Reforms, Skewed Results Ana Demsorean, Sorana Parvulescu and Bogdan Vetrici-Soimu 5. Turkey: Reforms for a Consolidated Democracy Senem Aydin Düzgit and Ali Çarkoglu 6. Serbia: Democracy Borderline? Cristina Dallara 7. Ukraine: The Quest for Democratization between Europe and Russia Roman Petrov and Oleksander Serdyuk 8. Scope, Depth and Limits of External Influence - Conclusions Leonardo Morlino and Amichai Magen

About the Editors

Amichai Magen is W. Glenn Campbell National Fellow, Hoover Institution, and

Lecturer in Law, Stanford Law School, Stanford University, USA.

Leonardo Morlino is Professor of Political Science at Istituto Italiano di Scienze Umane at the University of Florence, Italy.

About the Series

Routledge/UACES Contemporary European Studies

The Contemporary European Studies Series is an outlet for the publication of first-rate research in European Union Studies. The series primarily publishes research monographs but will also consider proposals for research-driven and thematic edited volumes. Although predominantly a Politics/IR and Law series, the series editors are keen to encourage approaches that are interdisciplinary. CES seeks to publish excellent material from both established and new scholars.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Democracy