EU-iPodS: The Substance of EU International Democracy Promotion

The EU-iPodS project deals with the content of EU international democracy promotion.

It started in 2010, when a group of PhD students and young Post-Docs based at Ghent University, Belgium, began to focus on this under-researched topic. In 2011, the project was selected by the European Commission as a Jean Monnet Information and Research Activity 2011-12.

The EU-iPodS project aims at

  • systematically mapping the content of EU democracy promotion around the world
  • comparing this democratic substance with that promoted by other international actors
  • explaining similarities and differences across regions and actors
  • stimulating a broad public debate on the EU's  externally promoted conceptions of democracy
  • engaging in an in-depth dialogue with experts, policy-makers and civil society

The project has been realized with the support of the Swiss National Science Foundation (2010-2011) and the LLP Programme of the European Union (2011-2012). It is based at the Centre for EU Studies (CEUS), Ghent University (Belgium), in cooperation with the Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (MZES), University of Mannheim (Germany).

Project related findings were presented at various conferences (ECPR, Porto, 2010; UACES, Bruges, 2010; EUSA, Boston, 2011; EUIA III, Brussels, 2012) as well as in public and expert events. Results of the initial phase were published in a Special Issue of the European Foreign Affairs Review. Subsequent publications include a Special Section of the Cambridge Review of International Affairs and an edited volume with Palgrave (both 2015).