Since the beginning of the 1990s, the EU has increasingly acted as an external democracy promoter. With some delay research on this topic has begun. Yet this research so far has mainly focussed on the (former) EU candidate countries, partly also on the European Neighbourhood. Systematical comparative analysis of the EU’s democratisation policy beyond these countries is rare.
The project aims to fill this gap in order to provide an empirically based analysis of the EU’s democracy promotion in the South Caucasus and Central Asia. Furthermore the project wants to draw general conclusions as to how the EU promotes democracy and what the impact of this policy is.
The project serves to answer the following questions: I. (1) Which democracy promoting instruments are used by the EU in which way in the countries of the Southern Caucasus and Central Asia? (2) How can the decisions concerning the use of these instruments be explained? II. (3) Which impact do the instruments have on the democratic quality of the respective states? (4) How can this impact be explained?