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Ambitions for the Future of EU Democracy Support


This paper examines the analytical design, ambitions, implementation and envisioned impact of the SHAPEDEM-EU project. SHAPEDEM-EU sets out to rethink, reshape and review the EU’s democracy support policies in its Eastern & Southern Neighbourhoods. Amidst the increasing contestation of the EU and the weakening impact of its policies in the Neighbourhoods, SHAPEDEM-EU applies an entirely novel approach to democracy support. Its integrated analytical design is based on four conceptual pillars: democracy as a social practice based on democratic knowledge; democracy as a social practice of interaction; the practice of multi-layered contestation within the EU’s democracy support toolkit; and the Democracy Learning Loop for an improved EU policy toolkit.

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