The negotiation of democracy promotion

Special issue of the journal Democratization published as Open Access

"Real Democracy" (Photo: Pepe Pont, flickr, https://bit.ly/2zbJ2q3, CC BY-ND 2.0)

"Real Democracy" (Photo: Pepe Pont, flickr, https://bit.ly/2zbJ2q3, CC BY-ND 2.0)

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.