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The European neighbourhood policy and democratization in Georgia : a case study

Söhrens, Wiebke (2009) The European neighbourhood policy and democratization in Georgia : a case study.

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Abstract:The current framework used by the European Union (EU) to cooperate with its near abroad is the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP). The ENP is the EU's response to the queue of membership applicants and is an alternative to membership. The policy aims at creating "a ring of friends" and has as its basis of cooperation the commitment to shared democratic values. The concept of democracy is broad and this paper investigates whether the ENP has the power to trigger democratization and pays attention to the last two years in which the ENP has been active in Georgia. Georgia has great aspirations of joining the EU and by binding Georgia into the ENP the country is pushed towards a democracy like the EU understands it. This case study pays special regard to two aspects of the ENP which are the democratic approach directed at the transformation of the government and the part directed at the development of the market economy. The effectiveness of the ENP is analyzed with the help of EU progress reports and three selected sources that judge Georgia's development. The most effective part of the ENP and at the same time main catalyst of the ENP to trigger democratization is economic reform. While transforming the economy, the adaptation of EU-legislation has spill-over effects which contribute to the development of a democratic character
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:88 social and public administration
Programme:European Studies BSc (56627)
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