This 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.
Table of ContentsDemocracy Promotion in the 1990s: Agency, Motives, and Strategy
EU Democracy Promotion Instruments: Evolution and Shortcomings
The EU and the Mediterranean
The EU and Algeria
The EU and East Asia
The EU and China
Conclusion: Conceptualizing the EU as a Promoter of Democracy