Why does the EU not learn how to improve its democracy support practices?

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The EU has aimed to support democratization in Arab countries for decades, yet the region is still one of the most authoritarian in the world. What is most striking is that the EU has apparently not learnt from its past ineffective democracy support (DS) attempts but continuously reproduces DS malpractices. To help us understand non-learning in that context, and in policy-making more generally, in our recent JCMS article, we conceptualize EU DS as practices performed by a community of insiders who act within a complex constellation on communities of practice (CoPs). The article provides an explanation for why the EU is not able to improve its DS practices, and it allows us to critically reflect on the way how the industry works and constantly (re)produces malpractices. This can help us rethink EU DS and identify ways to overcome this gridlock, and it brings practice-theoretical debates on (non)learning forward.
Publikationsdato27 maj 2024
UdgiverUniversity Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES)
StatusUdgivet - 27 maj 2024


  • policy making
  • insiders
  • policy learning
  • policy non-learning
  • EU
  • Egypt
  • Arab world
  • democracy support
  • practice theory
  • practices

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