The EU’s Democracy Promotion and the Mediterranean Neighbours
Orientation, Ownership and Dialogue in Jordan and Turkey
Routledge – 2013 – 236 pages
This book provides a systematic analysis of the EU’s extensive, but so far largely failed, efforts to promote democracy in the Mediterranean region, thoroughly assessing its democracy promotion in relation to two Mediterranean countries – Jordan and Turkey. By pinpointing essential prerequisites for democracy promotion and analyzing how the EU’s policies have related to these, the author offers a theoretically based analytical framework focused on the importance of the local orientation and ownership of the project of democratization, and the broader dialogue between the democracy promoter and the partner society. The author concludes that there are basic deficiencies in the EU’s democracy promotion, leading to policy implications of vital importance as the EU now grapples with how to make its democracy promotion successful.
The EU’s Democracy Promotion and the Mediterranean Neighbours will be of interest to students and scholars of Democratisation studies, EU studies, Middle East Studies and EU Neighbourhood studies.
"Ann-Kristin Jonassonâ's book, The EUâ€™s Democracy Promotion and the Mediterranean Neighbors: Orientation, Ownership and Dialogue in Jordan and Turkey, systematically evaluates the EUâ€™s democratization efforts by focusing on democracy promotion in two Mediterranean countries, Jordan and Turkey, and effectively addresses the major pitfalls in the EUâ€™s strategy. Therefore, it is a timely contribution as the Arab revolutions have forced us to reconsider the prospects for democratization in the region." -
Suna GÃ¼lfer Ihlamur-Ã–ner, Insight Turkey
1. Essential Elements of Democracy Promotion 2. The EU's Democracy Promotion in Jordan 3. The EU's Democracy Promotion in Turkey 4. The EU's Democracy Promotion in the Mediterranean: Results and Conclusions
Ann-Kristin Jonasson is a senior lecturer in the Department of Political Science at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.