The European Union and the Promotion of Democracy

Synopsis

'Will interest scholars, students and researchers in comparative politics, international relations and European studies.' -KnowEurope'This carefully researched, scholarly written and nicely produced book is a valuable addition to the growing series of Oxford Studies in Democratization and to the literature on the international dimensions of democratization more generally.' -Democratization'The author's command of the subject matter, enriched by insights gained from his 'insider' access that flows from time spent working at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, combine to produce a detailed and sophisticated analysis.' -DemocratizationThis book assesses European Union policies aimed at encouraging democratization in East Asia and the Mediterranean, addressing theoretical debates over the international dimensions of political change and the EU's characteristics as an international actor. The factors driving and inhibiting European democracy promotion policies are explored, and the EU's distinctive 'bottom-up' approach to political change is outlined. The book notes an evolution in European policies, while arguing that the EU has failed to develop a fully comprehensive and coherent democracy promotion strategy.