New democracies are uniquely positioned to promote democratic values and have a competitive advantage in the global democracy assistance industry.

This book examines the attempts of one group of young democracies, from Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), to channel this pro-democracy agenda into both national and European foreign policy and development support. It looks at how CEE is ‘upstream’ changing the EU on crucial policy issues as part of the common foreign and security policy. Furthermore, it tracks the process whereby imported ideas and norms are recycled for further export ‘downstream’, and how these concepts are received in countries outside of the EU including the post-Soviet space, the Western Balkans, the Middle East and North Africa region and Central Asia.

This text will be of key interest to scholars, students and practitioners of democratisation studies, European Union studies, comparative politics, international relations, international development, European politics, as well as area/regional studies.

part |33 pages

Theory and overview

chapter |7 pages

Introduction: democratisation of EU foreign policy?

The role of new member states from Central and Eastern Europe
ByBenedetta Berti, Kristina Mikulova, Nicu Popescu

chapter |24 pages

Trade and freedom or trading freedom?

How strategic and normative interests shape foreign policy and democracy assistance in Central and Eastern Europe
ByTsveta Petrova

part |91 pages

CEE and the EU

chapter |24 pages

Central and Eastern European transition experience

A depoliticisation of democracy aid?
ByBalázs Szent-Iványi, Simon Lightfoot

chapter |22 pages

From the ‘colour revolutions' to the Arab Awakening

EU approaches to democracy promotion and the rising influence of CEE states
ByBenedetta Berti, Olga Onuch

chapter |19 pages

European Endowment for Democracy

Institutionalising CEE approach to democracy promotion at the EU level?
ByDavid Cadier, Kristina Mikulova

part |74 pages

Case studies of democracy assistance in third countries

chapter |28 pages

From democracy assistance to importing transition experience

The case of post-Soviet local government and defence reforms
ByMichal Simecka

chapter |20 pages

Subtle Europeanisers

Czech and Slovak advocacy and assistance strategy in the Western Balkans
ByJessie Hronešová

chapter |19 pages

Re-packaging the transition know-how?

Central and Eastern European democracy assistance in the Arab world 1
ByKristina Mikulova, Benedetta Berti

chapter |5 pages


Central and Eastern European states' foreign policy and democracy promotion agenda in transition
ByBenedetta Berti, Kristina Mikulova, Nicu Popescu