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EU Democracy promotion : policy Change in Morocco and Tunisia after the Arab Spring

Lammers, M.B.A. (2016) EU Democracy promotion : policy Change in Morocco and Tunisia after the Arab Spring.

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Abstract:As the Arab Spring changed the outlook of European Union’s neighbourhood in the Southern Mediterranean, a new basis for democracy development arose. To display how the European Union dealt with democracy promotion before and after the Arab Spring, this paper is aimed at identifying a policy shift of EU’s Democracy Promotion policies in Tunisia and Morocco. A qualitative content analysis is used to check whether there has been a change on the variable EU Democracy Promotion over time. Therefore, the study is a reconstruction of EU’s democracy promotion policies from 2005 until 2014. A categorization of policies set-out is made according to strategies of democracy promotion identified by Lavenex & Schimmelfennig (2011). The classification of policies to the strategies proposed, namely linkage, leverage and the governance model of democracy promotion displays the direction and approach used by the EU before and after the Arab Spring. As a result, a possible change from one to another strategy can be related to specific moments in time. At the end, this study displays that a change of democracy promotion occurred and monitors which strategy has been used before and after the Arab Spring.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:89 political science
Programme:European Studies BSc (56627)
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