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Most Recent EDP WIRE Posts

October 30, 2016 | EDP Wire | Julia Leininger

Contextualizing democracy promotion

The author identifies five sets of individual, societal, cultural, political and spatial factors that help to identify patterns of democracy promotion’s context. Such patterns serve to better understand and explain democracy promotion in the future. They inform both, research and policy-making.

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February 29, 2016 | EDP Wire | Jonas Wolff

Democracy Promotion and Power

International democracy promotion is, in many ways, concerned with power. By supporting local agents of democratic change, external democracy promoters shape domestic balances of power. In trying to get governments in target countries to embark on democratic reforms they would…

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January 11, 2016 | EDP Wire | Sonja Grimm, Janina I. Steinert

From the Battlefield to Ballot Boxes

In November of this year, the people of Côte d’Ivoire re-elected President Alassane Ouattara to serve for another five-year term. Only half a decade ago in the very same country, ballot boxes had turned into a battlefield claiming a death toll of 3,000. Today, Ban Ki-moon…

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December 28, 2015 | EDP Wire | Sonja Grimm

The crisis of EU democracy promotion

Democracy promotion is an integral component of European foreign policy. However, European democracy promotion is less effective than assumed and hoped for. Sonja Grimm offers four explanations: (1) the absence of a consensus among democracy promoters about policy objectives…

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November 11, 2015 | EDP Wire | Jonas Wolff

Abkehr von der Demokratie: Die große Ernüchterung

Der globale Siegeszug der Demokratie, der in den 1990er Jahren unaufhaltsam schien, ist vorerst gestoppt. Das liegt nicht nur an neuen Mächten wie Russland und China: Europa und Nordamerika haben als Modell an Glaubwürdigkeit verloren.

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