Drawing on Critical Discourse Analysis, this article compares the structure of key policy documents on European Union (EU) democracy promotion in the Southern Neighborhood before and after the “Arab Uprisings.” With reference to the key document presenting the EU's revised conception of democracy and strategic vision in the Southern Neighborhood, this article argues that, despite assertions of a paradigmatic shift in the EU's approach to democracy, the conceptual structure of these documents maintains unaltered the substantively liberal model for both development and democratization. This is likely to leave the EU's pre-Uprisings reputational deficit concerning democracy promotion unaltered.
- Arab Spring
- Arab uprisings
- discourse analysis
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Political Science and International Relations
- Language and Linguistics
Teti, A., Thompson, D., & Noble, C. (2013). EU democracy assistance discourse in its 'new response to a changing neighbourhood'. Democracy and Security, 9(1), 61-79. https://doi.org/10.1080/17419166.2012.736311