Conclusion: Conceptualizing the EU as a Promoter of Democracy

Richard Youngs

in The European Union and the Promotion of Democracy

Published in print January 2002 | ISBN: 9780199249794
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600357 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Democratization

 Conclusion: Conceptualizing the EU as a Promoter of Democracy

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The conclusions revisit the conceptual debates outlined in the first chapter in light of the study of EU democracy promotion in the Mediterranean and East Asia. The EU's efforts to develop deeply embedded institutionalized regimes based on democratic norms are conceptualized. The conclusion also examines the relationship between material interests and international norms in EU policies; the extent of internal EU coherence and coordination over democracy policies; and the implications of EU policies for theoretical explanations of the democratization's external dimensions.

Keywords: democracy promotion; democratic norms; democratization; East Asia; European Union; international norms; material interests; Mediterranean

Chapter.  6119 words. 

Subjects: Politics

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