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Democratization and Ideational Diffusion: Europe, Mercosur and Social Citizenship *

Democratization and Ideational Diffusion: Europe, Mercosur and Social Citizenship * Policies in support of democratic transition aim to reconfigure the dominant norm set in previously authoritarian states and societies. The EU's commitment to such policies is well‐established. This article discusses what the EU does when it offers democratic support, using the example of Mercosur. The evidence presented here suggests that EU policy in Mercosur is premised on assumptions of a positive identity relationship with local governing elites. In fact, however, it is not clear that democracy is understood in the same way in Mercosur as in the EU. As a result, policies resonate less than expected. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies Wiley

Democratization and Ideational Diffusion: Europe, Mercosur and Social Citizenship *

JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies , Volume 45 (1) – Mar 1, 2007

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Wiley
Copyright
Copyright © 2007 Wiley Subscription Services, Inc., A Wiley Company
ISSN
0021-9886
eISSN
1468-5965
DOI
10.1111/j.1468-5965.2007.00702.x
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Abstract

Policies in support of democratic transition aim to reconfigure the dominant norm set in previously authoritarian states and societies. The EU's commitment to such policies is well‐established. This article discusses what the EU does when it offers democratic support, using the example of Mercosur. The evidence presented here suggests that EU policy in Mercosur is premised on assumptions of a positive identity relationship with local governing elites. In fact, however, it is not clear that democracy is understood in the same way in Mercosur as in the EU. As a result, policies resonate less than expected.

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JCMS: Journal of Common Market StudiesWiley

Published: Mar 1, 2007

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