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The European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights: A Case Study of the Instrument's Conceptualisation of Democracy and Democratisaton

Brodd, Jessica LU (2012) STVK12 20121
Department of Political Science
Abstract (Swedish)
In recent years the idea and practice of democracy promotion has gained con-siderable attention and exists on every international organisation’s agenda. Due to the contestability of the concept of democracy, promoters are in front of a variety of instruments. The European Union is not an exception and in 2006 the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights was established as the concrete ex-pression of promoting democracy and human rights in developing countries. However, where one can categorise democracy promotion efforts according to the two main approaches to the field – the political and the developmental approach, building on a division of the conceptualisation of democracy – the EIDHR is sometimes criticised for being... (More)
In recent years the idea and practice of democracy promotion has gained con-siderable attention and exists on every international organisation’s agenda. Due to the contestability of the concept of democracy, promoters are in front of a variety of instruments. The European Union is not an exception and in 2006 the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights was established as the concrete ex-pression of promoting democracy and human rights in developing countries. However, where one can categorise democracy promotion efforts according to the two main approaches to the field – the political and the developmental approach, building on a division of the conceptualisation of democracy – the EIDHR is sometimes criticised for being indirect in its methods. So in order to categorise the instrument, the paper applies an analytical framework consisting of three dimen-sions generated from the two approaches. Moreover, the paper applies an idea-tional analysis, aiming to scrutinise the rhetoric of the instrument. The findings suggest the instrument to rather be developmental than political. (Less)
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Brodd, Jessica LU
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STVK12 20121
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M2 - Bachelor Degree
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The Political Approach, EIDHR, Democracy Promotion, Democratisation, The Developmental Approach
language
English
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2972338
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2012-09-14 15:02:15
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  abstract     = {In recent years the idea and practice of democracy promotion has gained con-siderable attention and exists on every international organisation’s agenda. Due to the contestability of the concept of democracy, promoters are in front of a variety of instruments. The European Union is not an exception and in 2006 the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights was established as the concrete ex-pression of promoting democracy and human rights in developing countries. However, where one can categorise democracy promotion efforts according to the two main approaches to the field – the political and the developmental approach, building on a division of the conceptualisation of democracy – the EIDHR is sometimes criticised for being indirect in its methods. So in order to categorise the instrument, the paper applies an analytical framework consisting of three dimen-sions generated from the two approaches. Moreover, the paper applies an idea-tional analysis, aiming to scrutinise the rhetoric of the instrument. The findings suggest the instrument to rather be developmental than political.},
  author       = {Brodd, Jessica},
  keyword      = {The Political Approach,EIDHR,Democracy Promotion,Democratisation,The Developmental Approach},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {The European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights: A Case Study of the Instrument's Conceptualisation of Democracy and Democratisaton},
  year         = {2012},
}