The European Union and Democracy Promotion: A Critical Global Assessment

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The European Union and Democracy Promotion: A Critical Global Assessment (Democratic Transition and Consolidation)
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The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010
216 pp. $60.00
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Some consider Europe's democracy-promotion policies to be a model for the world. Others consider the EU's efforts -- and perhaps all such policies -- ineffective. This slim volume is the newest among many assessments of Europe's attempts to promote good governance, human rights, and democracy. Even if the book lacks rigor in establishing comparative standards and metrics, it is informed by scholarly literature and provides useful case studies of EU efforts in Iraq, Morocco, Ukraine, and elsewhere. The result is sobering. Local domestic political structures, geostrategic concerns, and energy policy tightly constrain European policymakers. They have to be pragmatic, accepting the inherently limited and secondary role of any international intervention. Europe tends to compromise, the book suggests, by focusing on improving governance at the expense of improving democracy.