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A new paradigm for sharing transition experience within the EU’s contested democracy support?
A new paradigm for sharing transition experience within the EU’s contested democracy support?

Author(s): Miriam Lexmann
Subject(s): Civil Society, Governance, Developing nations, EU-Accession / EU-DEvelopment
Published by: Research Center of the Slovak Foreign Policy Association (RC SFPA)
Keywords: transition experience;Visegrad Four;Ukraine; Balkans

Summary/Abstract: More than a decade after the completion of the democratic transition of the Visegrad Four countries, crowned by their membership of the EU, it is legitimate to ask whether the concept of “transition experience sharing” is still relevant to either the EU’s democracy support programs or the Visegrad Four ODA1 programs. This paper seeks to provide a basic empirical account of some of the fundamental processes of transition sharing while describing its core trends. It also makes recommendations, addressed partly at the V4 governments, but mainly at the respective EU institutions, on how features of “transition experience sharing” could be incorporated into democracy support schemes, thereby tailoring them in response to actual needs.

  • Issue Year: XXV/2016
  • Issue No: 3-4
  • Page Range: 3-26
  • Page Count: 24
  • Language: English