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The EU´s Democracy Promotion in Ukraine and the Importance of Domestic Legitimacy

Kikwitzki, Hannah (2015) The EU´s Democracy Promotion in Ukraine and the Importance of Domestic Legitimacy.

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Abstract:This work will analyze in how far domestic legitimacy is influencing the degree of democratization in Ukraine between 2009 and 2014. This question will be analyzed in order to understand the effectiveness and leverage of the EU´s external democracy promotion in Ukraine as an EaP country without a membership perspective. It will be argued that the higher the domestic legitimacy of the EU´s external democracy promotion in the society of a third state is, the higher the degree of democracy will be2 . In the following, the main theoretical assumptions for explaining the effectiveness of external democracy promotion will be presented. Further on, the theory of Börzel/ van Hüllen on domestic legitimacy will be explained. After describing how democracy and domestic legitimacy are defined and operationalized in this work, the research design will be presented. A short introduction of the development of the EU´s democracy promotion in the EaP will then be given. Following, the degree of democracy, the support of the EU and the role of the civil society will be observed in three different points in time. Finally, it will be explained, to which degree domestic legitimacy of the external actions is positively influencing the degree of democracy in Ukraine. It will furthermore be analyzed, which antecedent conditions are necessary in order for domestic legitimacy to be influential.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:49 domestic science, 70 social sciences in general, 88 social and public administration, 89 political science
Programme:European Studies BSc (56627)
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