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The EU as external democracy promoter in Sub-Saharan Africa : the role of conditionality and positive measures appropriateness and effectiveness of political conditionality as instrument of democracy promotion in the EU development cooperation with the ACP States

Kamp, M. (2007) The EU as external democracy promoter in Sub-Saharan Africa : the role of conditionality and positive measures appropriateness and effectiveness of political conditionality as instrument of democracy promotion in the EU development cooperation with the ACP States.

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Abstract:This thesis focuses on the EU´s democracy promotion in Sub-Saharan Africa with special regard to the application of conditionality as an instrument of democracy promotion. Recent public discussions show that there is much attention for central issues of development cooperation. Development cooperation in general and in particular the strategies of distributing development aid are permanently discussed and reconsidered, and reforms are undertaken that again have to face a lot of criticism. Going into deeper analysis it becomes obvious that there is a high gap between rhetoric and reality as development policy gets a lot of attention in public and political discussions but if it comes to political priorities it is still subordinate to other policies and especially economic and security considerations. The same is often said about the popular concept of democracy promotion as an essential part of development cooperation. The idea of combining development cooperation and the promotion of democracy and human rights has entered the political discussions significantly in the late 1980s and throughout the 1990s it became a more and more essential aspect of development cooperation. The reason for the growing popularity and application of democracy promotion is the low efficiency of traditional development aid and the realization that democratic conditions are essential for progress and development. But there is a lot of scepticism towards the concept of democracy promotion with regard to its application in practice and its efficiency.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:European Studies BSc (56627)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/58118
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