Axyonova, Vera

The European Union`s Democratization Policy for Central Asia

Failed in Success or Succeeded in Failure?

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The European Union has developed a range of instruments to promote democracy and human rights worldwide. However, the success of its democratization efforts remains questionable in countries that lack an EU membership perspective. The case of post-soviet Central Asia, where the EU declares democracy promotion among its key priorities yet is confronted with unfavorable domestic conditions for democratization and often fails to follow through, is an eye-opening example. Vera Axyonova’s study offers the first comprehensive evaluation of the micro-level effects of the EU engagement in Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan and examines the factors that have made the EU efforts more or less successful in Central Asia.

210 Seiten. Paperback. 2014
ISBN 978-3-8382-0614-1
ISSN 1865-2255

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"Vera Axyonova's book offers an insightful and refreshing analysis of the European democratization strategy in Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan. The book is a must-read for all those interested in understanding the very limited success of EU democratization tools in Central Asia and the challenges that European institutions face in their promotion of a value-based agenda."
Marlene Laruelle, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University

"Using a solid research framework, which applies a critical evaluation of success and failure through the lenses of micro-level changes on the ground, Axyonova proves one more time that EU democracy promotion is far from being successful.
[...] While many authors have discussed these shortcomings, it is Axyonova, who puts them under a bright spotlight and backs her argument with detailed facts.The application of an elaborate analytical framework, the scrupulous attention to detail and a wide range of primary and secondary sources make this publication interesting, substantial and convincing."
Aijan Sharshenova, University of Leeds, Europe-Asia Studies, Vol. 67 No. 10

"[The book] presents a much-needed analysis of the European Union’s (EU) democratization efforts in the post-Soviet states comprising Central Asia. This book bridges the gap between academic studies and the practical application of tools designed to promote democracy, good governance, and the rule of law in authoritarian regimes. [...]
This book provides valuable analyses of the EU’s democratization efforts in Central Asia, overcoming many of the difficulties of prior scholarly research and practical applications and filling important gaps in the understanding of the role of external democratizers."
Julie Garey, H-Net Reviews, December 2015


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