Democracy is not simply a good that can be exported from one country to another. Contrarily, external democracy promotion is always a complex interplay of external and local actors. As democracy is still a deeply contested concept, its promotion must respond to local needs and initiatives in order to be accepted, useful and sustainable. While scholars have focused mostly on the outcomes of such processes, the actual interactions between external and local actors are still treated as “black boxes” that we know very little about.
The latest special issue of the journal Democratization addresses this research gap by analyzing democracy promotion negotiation in various contexts, including case studies on Venezuela, Ethiopia, Croatia, Morocco and Tunisia. Annika Elena Poppe and Jonas Wolff (PRIF) were involved as co-editors and authors of the edition published in May 2019 under the title “The negotiation of democracy promotion. Issues, parameters and consequences”. It was developed within the framework of the research network „EDP - External Democracy Promotion“ (funded by the Leibniz Association), which PRIF has been coordinating since 2015. The issue is freely accessible via Open Access.