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The EU and its paradoxes: enforcing stability not promoting democracy

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submitted on 2024-01-04, 09:34 and posted on 2024-01-04, 10:42 authored by Tariq Dana

This critical analysis explores the contradictions between the European Union's (EU) democracy promotion rhetoric and the underlying motivations behind these efforts, specifically in the context of the 2006 Palestinian elections. Contrary to the traditional perception that EU democracy promotion aims to establish and strengthen democratic institutions and practices, this review argues that the primary goal is often to enforce stability under the expansive settler-colonial structure. The Palestinian elections of 2006 serve as a pertinent case study to illustrate this paradox. The EU's response to the victory of Hamas was marked by inconsistencies and contradictions, revealing the tension between its democracy promotion rhetoric and the prioritization of a kind of stability based on Israeli terms.

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Published in: International Politics
License: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0
See article on publisher's website: https://dx.doi.org/10.1057/s41311-023-00458-4

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Open Access funding provided by the Qatar National Library.

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  • English

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Springer Nature

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  • 2023

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This Item is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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  • Doha Institute for Graduate Studies

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