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Human Rights and Democracy in EU Foreign Policy

Book Description

This book investigates the disparity between rhetoric and performance in the European Union response to abuses of human rights and transgression of democracy. With the Arab spring putting the spotlight on the EU’s self-portrait as committed to promoting global human rights and democracy, this book examines the paradoxes of its international posture and the inconsistencies and double standards of its policies.

With an informative and empirical approach examining EU relations since the end of the Cold War, this book seeks to uncover the reasons behind the Union’s actions and understand the foreign policy dilemmas and processes that guide its action. Including detailed analysis of Ukraine and Egypt, and the EU response to momentous changes for neighbouring nations, the author draws upon thoroughly-researched investigation into twenty years of EU foreign policy to create a framework using both EU Studies and International Relations. Providing a deeper analysis than other dominant explanations, this book presents new theories on the reasons behind the mismatch between words and deeds.

An invaluable and timely volume, Human Rights and Democracy in EU Foreign Policy will be of interest to students and scholars of EU politics, International Relations and human rights policy.

Table of Contents

  1. Front Cover
  2. Human Rights and Democracy in EU Foreign Policy
  3. Routledge Advances in European Politics
  4. Title Page
  5. Copyright
  6. Contents
  7. List of tables
  8. Abbreviations
  9. Acknowledgements
  10. Preface
  11. 1  Introduction
    1. 1.1 Paradoxes of EU policies for human rights and democracy
    2. 1.2 Rhetoric and practice. The reasons behind the gap
    3. 1.3 EU definitions of human rights and democracy
    4. 1.4 Human rights and democracy in Ukraine and Egypt: the challenges to EU foreign policy
    5. 1.5 Organization of the book
    6. 1.6 Conclusions
  12. 2  Human rights and democracy in EU foreign policy: the search for an analytical framework
    1. 2.1 Introduction
    2. 2.2 Why would states pursue human rights and democracy?
    3. 2.3 The complexity of the EU foreign policy system
    4. 2.4 The research agenda
    5. 2.5 Conclusions
  13. 3  Rhetoric and tools: the genesis of EU human rights and democracy policies
    1. 3.1 The emergence of human rights and democracy in the EU foreign policy agenda
    2. 3.2 Integrating human rights and democracy in EU foreign policies
    3. 3.3 The tools to implement human rights and democracy policies
    4. 3.4 Conclusions: explaining the emergence of the human rights and democracy agenda
  14. 4  Reluctant engagement: EU foreign policy towards Ukraine
    1. 4.1 Introduction
    2. 4.2 The foreign relations of a state in search of sovereignty
    3. 4.3 Reshaping the map of Europe
    4. 4.4 In search of a strategy: the 2000s
    5. 4.5 Conclusions: explaining EU policy towards Ukraine
  15. 5  Implementing human rights and democracy: press freedom in Ukraine
    1. 5.1 Introduction
    2. 5.2 The case of Georgy Gongadze and the deterioration of press freedom
    3. 5.3 EU policy on press freedom
    4. 5.4 Explaining the EU’s response
    5. 5.5 Conclusions
  16. 6  Implementing human rights and democracy: elections in Ukraine and the Orange Revolution
    1. 6.1 Introduction
    2. 6.2 The conduct of elections in Ukraine
    3. 6.3 The response of the EU
    4. 6.4 Explaining the EU response
    5. 6.5 Conclusions
  17. 7  The search for an EU policy towards Egypt
    1. 7.1 Introduction
    2. 7.2 Egypt’s regional and global role
    3. 7.3 Relations with Europe
    4. 7.4 Institutionalizing EU-Egypt relations
    5. 7.5 Conclusions
  18. 8  Implementing human rights and democracy: torture in Egypt
    1. 8.1 Introduction
    2. 8.2 The practice of torture in Egypt
    3. 8.3 EU policy on Torture
    4. 8.4 Explaining the EU response
    5. 8.5 Conclusions
  19. 9  Implementing human rights and democracy: elections in Egypt
    1. 9.1 Introduction
    2. 9.2 The conduct of elections in Egypt
    3. 9.3 The responses of the EU
    4. 9.4 Explaining the EU response
    5. 9.5 Conclusions
  20. 10  Conclusions
    1. 10.1 Introduction
    2. 10.2 The EU and human rights and democracy in Ukraine and Egypt
    3. 10.3 EU Foreign Policy
    4. 10.4 Conclusions
  21. Annexes
  22. Notes
  23. References
  24. Index