Democratisation against Democracy

How the EU Fails the Middle East

Andrea Teti, Pamela A. Abbott, Valeria Talbot, Paolo Maggiolini

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Abstract

This book explains why the EU is not a ‘normative actor’ in the Southern Mediterranean, and how and why EU democracy promotion fails. Drawing on a combination of discourse analysis of EU policy documents and evidence from opinion polls showing ‘what the people want’, the book shows EU policy fails because the EU promotes a conception of democracy which people do not share. Likewise, the EU’s strategies for economic development are misconceived because they do not reflect the people’s preferences for greater social justice and reducing inequalities. This double failure highlights a paradox of EU democracy promotion: while nominally emancipatory, it de facto undermines the very transitions to democracy and inclusive development it aims to pursue.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
ISBN (Electronic)9783030338831
ISBN (Print)9783030338824
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 9 Sep 2019

Publication series

NameThe European Union in International Affairs
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
ISSN (Print)2662-5911

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Middle East
democratization
EU
democracy
EU policy
promotion
conception of democracy
opinion poll
discourse analysis
social justice
evidence
economics

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Teti, A., Abbott, P. A., Talbot, V., & Maggiolini, P. (Accepted/In press). Democratisation against Democracy: How the EU Fails the Middle East. (The European Union in International Affairs). Palgrave Macmillan.

Democratisation against Democracy : How the EU Fails the Middle East. / Teti, Andrea; Abbott, Pamela A.; Talbot, Valeria ; Maggiolini, Paolo.

Palgrave Macmillan, 2020. (The European Union in International Affairs).

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Teti, A, Abbott, PA, Talbot, V & Maggiolini, P 2020, Democratisation against Democracy: How the EU Fails the Middle East. The European Union in International Affairs, Palgrave Macmillan.
Teti A, Abbott PA, Talbot V, Maggiolini P. Democratisation against Democracy: How the EU Fails the Middle East. Palgrave Macmillan, 2020. (The European Union in International Affairs).
Teti, Andrea ; Abbott, Pamela A. ; Talbot, Valeria ; Maggiolini, Paolo. / Democratisation against Democracy : How the EU Fails the Middle East. Palgrave Macmillan, 2020. (The European Union in International Affairs).
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