Rethinking and Reshapingthe EU’s Democracy Supportin Its Eastern and Southern Neighbourhoods


SHAPEDEM-EU is a multi-national and multifaceted research consortium of twelve academic, think tank and civil society institutions based in Europe and the Southern and Eastern neighbourhoods. This EU-funded project sets out to rethink, reshape and review the Union’s democracy support policies in its Neighbourhood countries. Through its research, SHAPEDEM-EU aims to increase the EU’s accountability, transparency, effectiveness and trustworthiness and to make Neighbourhood countries more resilient, equitable and responsive to the needs of their local populations.

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Our Research Objectives

Phase 1
Conceptual Groundwork:
(Re)Conceptualising Democracy & Democracy Support
as Social Practices

Phase 2
Empirical Mapping:
Democracy Support & Contestation Practices (discursive and behavioural)
in the European Neighbourhood

Phase 3
Actionable Policy Advice:
Synthesis and Policy Recommendations

36 months of duration
2.7 MIL € Budget
12 Partners from 10 countries

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