Comparing the Substance of EU Democracy Promotion

Research meeting: Comparative perspectives on the substance of EU democracy promotion

Date: 16-17 December 2011

Venue: Het Pand, Onderbergen 1, 9000 Gent


Friday 16 December

  • 10:30-10:45: Arrival
  • 10:45-11:00: Welcome
  • 11:00-12:00: Fabienne Bossuyt, Jan Orbie, Michelle Pace, & Anne Wetzel: 'Comparative perspectives on the substance of EU democracy promotion' - Discussants: Milja Kurki & Tsveta Petrova
  • 12:00-13:00: Sandwich lunch
  • 13:00-14:30:
    • Jessica Schmidt: 'The EU's Democracy Agenda: From Representative Government to Social Project' - Discussants: Ian Manners & Adam Fagan
    • Jeff Bridoux & Milja Kurki:'Cosmetic agreements and the cracks beneath: ideological convergences and divergences in US and EU on democracy promotion' - Discussants: Maria Omelicheva & Oscar Pardo Sierra
    • Ian Manners: 'Consenting democracy: a normative power approach to the substance of EU democracy promotion' - Discussants: Jessica Schmidt and Milja Kurki
  • 14:30-14:45: Coffee break
  • 14:45-17:00:
    • Oscar Pardo Sierra:'The substance of EU and US democracy promotion in the Southern Caucasus'- Discussants: Karen Del Biondo & Mariya Omelicheva
    • Karen Del Biondo: 'Aiding democracy while respecting ownership: Insights from EU and US assistance in Ethiopia' - Discussants: Tsveta Petrova & Adam Fagan
    • Mariya Omelicheva: 'Comparing Perspectives on Democracy and Democratization: Assessing Alternative Models of Democracy Promoted in Central Asian States' - Discussants: Jeff Bridoux & Jessica Schmidt
  • 20:00: Workshop dinner

Saturday 17 December

  • 09:00-10:30: 
    • Adam Fagan:'Democracy Promotion in Kosovo: EU Assistance in Comparative Perspective' - Discussants: Karen Del Biondo & Jeff Bridoux
    • Tsveta Petrova: 'From Norm-Takers to Norm-Makers: Democracy Promotion "Made in Eastern Europe"?' - Discussants: Ian Manners & Oscar Pardo Sierra
  • 10:30-10:45: Coffee break
  • 10:45-12:00: Fabienne Bossuyt, Jan Orbie, Michelle Pace, & Anne Wetzel:'General findings, conclusions, next stages' + General questions and answers

NOTE: Practical organization of the sessions:

The workshop foresees 45 minutes per paper. The author(s) starts with a 5-minute presentation of his/her paper, with particular attention to what has changed in comparison to the first draft. This is followed by a 5-minute discussion of the paper by each of the two participants who are appointed discussant of the paper. Among other things, the discussants reflect the paper against their own paper. This, in turn, is followed by a general discussion. At the end of each session, the editors screen the paper on how it fits with the general topic, the other papers, and what we can draw from it in terms of general conclusions.