Democratisation against Democracy. How EU Foreign Policy Fails the Middle East

Paolo Maria Leo Cesare Maggiolini, Valeria Talbot, Andrea Teti, Pamela Abbot

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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
Number of pages334
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-33882-4
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • Arab Revolt
  • Democratization
  • EU Foreign Policy
  • Egypt
  • Jordan
  • Morocco
  • Tunisia


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