Regime Dynamics in EU's Eastern Neighbourhood: EU Democracy Promotion, International Influences, and Domestic Contexts

Regime Dynamics in EU's Eastern Neighbourhood: EU Democracy Promotion, International Influences, and Domestic Contexts

by Sergiu Buscaneanu

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ISBN-13: 9781349958931
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan US
Publication date: 12/09/2018
Edition description: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2016
Pages: 270
Product dimensions: 5.83(w) x 8.27(h) x (d)

About the Author

Sergiu Buscaneanu is Research Fellow at the Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg, Germany. He has been Visiting Researcher at the University of Toronto, Canada, and the University of Hamburg, Germany. He holds a PhD in Political Science from the Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany. Buscaneanu has been a Chevening, EMECW, and DAAD Scholar and currently serves as a country expert for the V-Dem project.

Table of Contents

I. Introduction

1. "The Elephant" and Democracy Promotion
2. Method
3. Argument
4. Relevance of the Book
5. Structure of the Book

II. The External Dimension of Democratisation

1. Domestic vs. External Factors
2. Promoting or Demoting Democracy?
3. External Factors of Democracy Promotion
4. Zooming In: EU Deomcracy Promotion
5. Conclusions: The External Dimensions

III. Theoretical Knowledge and Democratisation
1. The Object of Study
2. Analytical Framework
3. From Theoretical Knowledge to Indicators
4. Analytical Model
5. Method
6. Conclusions: Theoretical Knowledge

IV. EU Democracy Promotion
1. EU Democracy: Promotion Discourse
2. Conditionality and Socialisation under the ENP
3. EU and Regime Dynamics in Eastern Neighbourhood
4. ENP Action Plans
5. Conclusions: EU Democracy Promotion

V. International Influences
1. Leverage of (Non-EU) Democratic West vs. Russia
2. Linkage with (Non-EU) Democratic West vs. Russia
3. Democratic Diffusion
4. Conclusions: International Influence

VI. Domestic Contexts
1. Cost-Benefit of Rule Transfer
2. Structural Determinants
3. Institutional Determinants
4. Actor-related Determinants
5. Conclusions: Domestic Contexts

VII. Synergetic Effects of Domestic, EU and International Factors
1. Configurational Logic
2. Configurational Logic vs. Case Studies and Argument
3. Probabilistic Logic
4. Conclusions: Synergistic Effects

VIII. Conclusions
1. Results and Argument
2. Theoretical and Policy Implications3. Methodological Implications

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From the Publisher

Regime Dynamics in the EU’s Eastern Neighbourhood is a timely and well-researched study of the European Union’s efforts to promote democracy in Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan. Sergiu Buscaneanu’s thoughtful analysis of the interplay of domestic and international factors in a multi-method design finds that the EU can have a certain influence on democratisation, but its role is secondary to, and conditioned by, other domestic and transnational factors.” (Ulrich Sedelmeier, Associate Professor in the International Relations of Europe, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK)

“Through a multi-method, holistic approach, Sergiu Buscaneanu evaluates the effects of the European Union's democracy-promotion efforts across five countries in its eastern neighborhood. He finds that EU democracy-promotion exerted only a limited effect on regime trajectories, and only under certain conditions. Buscaneanu's systematic treatment of the domestic, transnational, and international influences on democratization will be of broad interest to scholars and policy-makers alike.” (Mark R. Beissinger, Henry W. Putnam Professor of Politics, Princeton University, USA)

“This is a very rich, well structured, and empirically insightful book. It addresses the old question whether democratization of political regimes can be promoted from the outside or whether it is an exclusive domestic affair. Addressing this general question with the concrete examples of the impact of EU democracy promotion and international factors on East European polities, the author shows that it is above all the ‘diffusion’ of ideas and international support, which mattered most in partially democratizing the East.” (Wolfgang Merkel, Professor of Comparative Political Science and Democracy Research, Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany)

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