EU Democracy Promotion and the Arab Spring: International Cooperation and Authoritarianism

Book cover

Book cover

Vera van Hüllen – 2015

Fuelled by the suspicion that the European Union's democracy promotion efforts in the Middle East and North Africa over the past 20 years were not only ineffective but even counterproductive, this book critically reviews the practice and effects of international democracy promotion efforts vis-à-vis authoritarian regimes. How and under which conditions do authoritarian regimes cooperate on democracy promotion efforts by international actors? And what does the Arab Spring tell us about the nature and prospects of these efforts? Following a comprehensive analysis of cooperation on democracy and human rights in Euro-Mediterranean relations since the early 1990s, the author argues that the same set of factors facilitated both the cooperation of authoritarian regimes and their persistence during the Arab Spring. For authoritarian regimes with moderate levels of political liberalization and statehood, cooperation on democracy and human rights became part of their more 'successful' survival strategies.

Title
EU Democracy Promotion and the Arab Spring: International Cooperation and Authoritarianism
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Keywords
Research Project B2
Date
2015-08
Identifier
ISBN 978-1137298515
Appeared in
Governance and Limited Statehood Series
Language
eng
Type
Text

1. Introduction
2. From Democracy Promotion to Cooperation
3. Regional Patterns of Cooperation
4. Variation in Cooperation
5. Authoritarian Survival Strategies and Cooperation
6. The Arab Spring and Euro-Mediterranean Cooperation
7. Conclusions