Show simple item record M. en_US 2012-10-18T11:18:10Z 2012-10-18T11:18:10Z 2011-06-01 en_US
dc.identifier en_US
dc.identifier.citation Kurki , M 2011 , ' Democracy through technocracy? Reflections on technocratic assumptions in EU democracy promotion discourse ' Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding , vol 5 , no. 2 , pp. 211-234 . , 10.1080/17502977.2011.566482 en_US
dc.identifier.other PURE: 176547 en_US
dc.identifier.other dspace: 2160/7888 en_US
dc.description.abstract For many decades the European Union (EU) has been accused of being a ‘technocratic’ actor. But do technocratic assumptions play a part in the EU’s new ‘normative’ and ‘symbolic’ policy agendas, such as its democracy promotion policy? Some authors have suggested that ‘depoliticising’ technocratic biases do exist in the EU democracy promotion framework. Yet, such claims tend to be general in nature and provide us with little clarification as to the precise nature and role of technocratic assumptions in EU policy. This piece investigates in some detail the ways in which technocratic assumptions pepper the EU’s democracy promotion discourse. Further, it analyses the consequences of technocratic discourse for the EU: both the pragmatic benefits involved in ‘fudging’ the question of politics and ideology in democracy promotion, and the problems and paradoxes that technocratic biases give rise to by removing clear normative and political justifications from the EU democracy promotion agenda. en_US
dc.format.extent 24 en_US
dc.relation.ispartof Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding en_US
dc.title Democracy through technocracy? Reflections on technocratic assumptions in EU democracy promotion discourse en_US
dc.contributor.pbl Department of International Politics en_US

Files in this item

Aside from theses and in the absence of a specific licence document on an item page, all works in Cadair are accessible under the CC BY-NC-ND Licence. AU theses and dissertations held on Cadair are made available for the purposes of private study and non-commercial research and brief extracts may be reproduced under fair dealing for the purpose of criticism or review. If you have any queries in relation to the re-use of material on Cadair, contact

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

Show simple item record

Search Cadair

Advanced Search