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Most Recent EDP WIRE Posts

January 15, 2019 | EDP Wire | Sonja Grimm

Democracy Promotion and the European Union

This week, Sonja turns to the European Union as one of the key actors on the world stage with regard to democracy promotion. Sonja argues that democracy promotion in the EU currently faces four main challenges: a loss of credibility, a lack of effectiveness, lacking willingness, and competition with regional powers’ counterveiling of European democracy promotion policies.

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January 8, 2019 | EDP Wire | Tina Freyburg

Democracy Promotion by Indirect Means: Potential and Limits of Functional Cooperation

In her contribution to the EDP policy paper, Tina looks at a specific strategy of international governance assistance that some consider a promising alternative to the direct and explicit promotion of democracy and discusses whether democracy promotion through so called “functional cooperation” might be a solution to the current malaise

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December 11, 2018 | EDP Wire | Johannes Gerschewski

Autocratization and Democratic Backsliding: Taking Stock of a Recent Debate

In his contribution to the EDP policy paper, Johannes focuses on rebuting the alarming notion of a global democratic rollback. He shows us that there is no general rise in autocratic regimes, but worrying developments indeed with regard to the quality of democratic regimes world-wide in terms of political rights and civil liberties

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December 4, 2018 | EDP Wire | Annika E. Poppe, Solveig Richter, Jonas Wolff

Democracy Promotion in the 21st Century

Annika, Jonas, and Solveig take stock of the key challenges and trends in international democracy promotion in this weeks contribution. They introduce the overall question that informed the EDP policy report, suggest a reconceptualisation of democracy promotion research, and give a short overview over the coming contributions.

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November 23, 2018 | EDP Wire |

Democracy Promotion in Times of Uncertainty – Trends and Challenges

Is demo­cracy in crisis through­out the world and how alarmed should we be? And what about inter­national demo­cracy pro­motion – is there a need for re­concept­ualization? The joint policy paper written by the EDP members aims at giving a con­cise and pointed over­view of key trends and challenges that charac­terize the field of inter­national demo­cracy pro­motion today, and it offers re­commen­dations for demo­cracy pro­moters and policy makers on how to con­tinue a more pro­mising engage­ment.

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August 9, 2018 | EDP Wire | Sonja Grimm, Brigitte Weiffen

Domestic elites and external actors in post-conflict democratisation

When trying to explain the outcomes of post-conflict democratisation, scholars have mostly examined the role of external actors and their capabilities and deficiencies. In turn, a special issue edited by Sonja Grimm and Brigitte Weiffen sheds light on the domestic side of post-conflict democratization.

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July 9, 2018 | EDP Wire | Solveig Richter

Peace in Colombia: Shrouded in Uncertainty

In this EDP wire contribution Solveig Richter, Juniorprofessor for International Conflict Management at the Willy Brandt School of Public Policy and EDP member, answers the question ‘What are the current political and societal challenges in Colombia after the presidential elections regarding the peace process, and what is the population expecting from the incoming government?’.

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