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Author Babayan, Nelli

Title Democratic transformation and obstruction : EU, US and Russia in the South Caucasus / Nelli Babayan
Published Abingdon, Oxon ; New York : Routledge, 2015


Description 1 online resource
Series Democratization studies ; 28
Democratization studies ; 28
Contents Cover; Title Page; Copyright Page; Dedication; Table of Contents; About the author; Preface and acknowledgments; Introduction; Democracy promotion and democratization: the hybrid; Democratic transformation: the analytical framework; Sectoral democratic transformation: the argument; Case studies and the organization of the book; PART I Democracy promotion, democratization, transformation; 1 The hybridism of democratic transformation; Democracy and democratization; Democracy promotion; Democracy promotion through international socialization
Variables and arguments of international socialization framework2 Conditions of democratic transformation, cases, and methods; Democratic transformation; Factors influencing democratic transformation; Democracy promoters; Targets of democracy promotion; PART II Local ingredients of the global democratic recipe; 3 The South Caucasus: the road to democracy or a blind alley?; The haunting nightmares of protracted conflicts and international involvement; The democracy blocker: Russia in the South Caucasus; Conclusions; 4 The EU and the US: confusion, ambitions, and the reality
The European Union: slowly but surely?The United States: business as usual; Conclusions; PART III Sectoral democratic transformation; 5 Elections in the South Caucasus: a Potemkin village rather than a solid construction; Election projects; Presidential elections in the South Caucasus; Supporting elections in the South Caucasus: ticking boxes, changing laws; 6 Parties in the South Caucasus: do they really matter?; Party development projects; Party politics in the South Caucasus: a tribute to democratic fashion; Party development: campaigning, recruiting, but not controlling
7 Media in the South Caucasus: the watchdog may bark but rarely biteMedia development; Media freedom in the South Caucasus: plurality of voices versus legal shackles; Developing media: can knowledge help to watchdog?; Conclusions to Part III; Conclusions: the damsel in distress and the bully in the sandbox; Democratic transformation; Global trends and what to do?; Bibliography; Index
Summary "Although 'democracy promotion' has become a popular term for policy makers and scholars, democratization is rarely a smooth or linear transition. While some countries quickly democratize, others lag behind despite a long period of democracy promotion activities. Furthermore, while democracy promotion has been widely studied, there is a paucity of literature available assessing the outcome or the impact of democracy promotion. This book investigates democracy promotion by the European Union and the United States of America and seeks to uncover why intensive democracy promotion has resulted in limited democratic progress. Exploring case studies of Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia this book examines the conditions in which democracy promotion is more likely to result in democratic transformation. In addition, it introduces the concept of 'democracy blocker', a powerful authoritarian regional actor who is capable of blocking democratization in other countries. This book will be of interest to students and scholars of Political Science, Democracy, Democratization, EU Studies, U.S. Politics, Comparative Politics and Foreign Policy"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Democratization -- Government policy -- United States
Democratization -- Government policy -- European Union countries
Democracy -- Armenia (Republic)
Democracy -- Azerbaijan
Democracy -- Georgia (Republic)
New democracies -- Caucasus, South
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Government -- General.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Government -- National.
Democratization -- Government policy
Diplomatic relations
New democracies
United States -- Foreign relations -- 1989-
European Union countries -- Foreign relations
Russia (Federation) -- Foreign relations.
Armenia (Republic)
South Caucasus
European Union countries
Georgia (Republic)
Russia (Federation)
United States
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781317750628
Other Titles European Union, United States and Russia in the South Caucasus