Democratization in the Southern Neighbourhood: Noble Declarations, Unavoidable Dilemmas? Public Deposited

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  • March 20, 2019
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  • Beerman, Rachel
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Political Science
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  • Much of the literature describes the EU's policy towards its southern Neighbouring region, in particular its reluctance to promote democracy more assertively, to be driven by a quest for stability and a preference for the status quo. While this is true to a certain degree, it does not account for the EU's persistent attempts to improve the effectiveness and influence of its democracy promotion policies. Rather, this thesis understands the status quo orientation of EU's Mediterranean policies to be concomitant to the stability-democratization dilemma in a region where opening up the political space is seen to present a crucial challenge to European short-term stability interests. The Union's reluctance to promote democracy more seriously in its southern Neighbourhood is therefore explained in relation to the incompatibility of the EU to reconcile its long-term security strategy with its short-term security interests.
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