The international dimension of democratization: testing the parsimonious approach
Cambridge review of international affairs, 2007, 20, 3, 473-490
OBYDENKOVA, Anastassia, The international dimension of democratization: testing the parsimonious approach, Cambridge review of international affairs, 2007, 20, 3, 473-490 - https://hdl.handle.net/1814/17410
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This article examines the importance of the international context on regime change. It provides evidence that geographic proximity to the European Union (EU) does not result in the spread of democracy. In contrast, communication and cooperation between EU actors and sub-national regions contributes significantly to the development of democracy in these regions. Considering the role of EU projects, investments and trade in regime transition-measured through indicators of civil society, political openness, freedom of speech and economic liberalization-this article demonstrates that international context may have a positive influence on the diffusion of democracy at a regional, sub-national level. This finding has substantial implications for the literature on international relations and globalization studies. It suggests that the emergence of 'new' regions through communication and cooperation takes place through two seemingly contradictory but mutually reinforcing processes: regionalization (territorial disintegration/federalization) and integration (through communication and cooperation).
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Full-text via DOI: 10.1080/09557570701574188
Keyword(s): International relations Democratization Globalization Political change Political systems Liberalization Political communication Liberalism
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