Democracy’s Plight in the European Neighbourhood: Struggling Transitions and Proliferating Dynasties

DEMOCRACY'S PLIGHT IN THE EUROPEAN NEIGHBOURHOOD: STRUGGLING TRANSITIONS AND PROLIFERATING DYNASTIES, Michael Emerson, Richard Emerson, eds., CEPS Paperbacks, 2009

171 Pages Posted: 1 Dec 2009  

Leila Alieva

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Senem Aydin Duzgit

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Alenxander Bogomolov

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Hakim Darbouche

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Richard Giragosian

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Balazs Jarabik

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Kristina Kausch

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George Khutsishvili

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Elena Klitsounova

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Alexander Lytvynenko

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Neil J. Melvin

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Alina Mungiu-Pippidi

Hertie School of Governance

Gergana Noutcheva

Maastricht University

Date Written: October 30, 2009

Abstract

Is international democracy promotion in the European neighbourhood running out of steam, after the disappointing results from the ‘colour revolutions’ in Georgia and Ukraine of 2004-2005? What is the changing impact of factors such as corrupt state capture, energy resources, rent-seeking behaviour, the financial crisis and the perceived threat of radical Islam on democratisation in the region? Research into these questions, among others, and what certain analysts describe as a ‘democracy backlash’ was conducted in three groups of states: countries in or near the EU; former Soviet Union states and three Arab states of the Southern Mediterranean. The results show a parting of the ways between on the one hand the EU’s European neighbours (other than Russia), which are seen to be ‘struggling transitions’ aiming at the European model of democracy, but with serious failings still to be overcome; and on the other hand Russia and the states of Central Asia and North Africa where there is no tendency towards democracy but rather a contrary trend of ‘proliferating dynasties’. This new paperback: Democracy’s Plight is the result of that research, edited by Michael Emerson of CEPS and Richard Youngs of FRIDE, Madrid.

Keywords: Neighbourhood, energy, corruption, financial crisis, Islam, democratisation

Suggested Citation

Alieva, Leila and Duzgit, Senem Aydin and Bogomolov, Alenxander and Darbouche, Hakim and Giragosian, Richard and Jarabik, Balazs and Kausch, Kristina and Khutsishvili, George and Klitsounova, Elena and Lytvynenko, Alexander and Melvin, Neil J. and Mungiu-Pippidi, Alina and Noutcheva, Gergana, Democracy’s Plight in the European Neighbourhood: Struggling Transitions and Proliferating Dynasties (October 30, 2009). DEMOCRACY'S PLIGHT IN THE EUROPEAN NEIGHBOURHOOD: STRUGGLING TRANSITIONS AND PROLIFERATING DYNASTIES, Michael Emerson, Richard Emerson, eds., CEPS Paperbacks, 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1513213

Leila Alieva (Contact Author)

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Senem Aydin Duzgit

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Alenxander Bogomolov

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Hakim Darbouche

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

Richard Giragosian

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Balazs Jarabik

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Kristina Kausch

affiliation not provided to SSRN

George Khutsishvili

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Elena Klitsounova

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Alexander Lytvynenko

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NEIL J. MELVIN

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Alina Mungiu-Pippidi

Hertie School of Governance ( email )

Friedrichstrasse 180, Q110
Berlin, 10117
Germany

Gergana Noutcheva

Maastricht University ( email )

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