Conclusion: Europeanisation and Democratisation - Convergent, Parallel or Conflicting Processes?
The period since the early 1990s has proved to be a new era in democratic conditionality (DC) across the world. A wide range of different international organisations and agencies have adopted or developed it further. And there is the influential role played by some of these organisations but also international non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in promoting and assisting democracy in countries where it has emerged after dictatorial rule or has remained fragile. DC has therefore come of age as a mechanism for influencing political developments in such countries. It previously existed but its use was much less widespread and its methods much less elaborate. The EU and the candidate countries from post-Communist Europe have been at the centre of this phenomenon.
KeywordsRegime Change Political Condition Political Elite Party System Candidate Country
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