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What is Democratic Backsliding

Challenges and Barriers to the European Union Expansion to the Balkan Region
The deterioration of democracy.
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From a Star Pupil to a Troubling Role Model for the Western Balkans: The Influence of Domestic Factors on the De-Europeanization of Slovenia During EU Crises
Jure Pozgan (Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia) and Ana Bojinović Fenko (Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-9055-3.ch009
This chapter examines the phenomenon of backsliding in the post-accession process of Europeanisation in Slovenia as one of the Central and Eastern European member states of the EU. It seeks to explain the rise of compliance problems with the EU's values (i.e., de-Europeanisation) in Slovenia, which turned a former EU star pupil into a troublesome member state. The chapter analyses sources of economic and democratic backsliding in times of polycrises in the EU that stem from the state's domestic environment and confirms the determining role of decision-makers over the political system. Given the importance and widely shared image of Slovenia as a role model for the candidate states in the Western Balkans, the chapter also addresses the potential impact of Slovenia's de-Europeanisation turn for its role as a bridge between the EU and the Western Balkans region.
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European Union Enlargement Policy Towards the Western Balkans: Solidarity Check
A gradual decline in the quality of democracy, also the opposite of democratization.
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Rethinking the “State Security-Human Security” Nexus in the Face of COVID-19
Also known as autocratization refers to processes through which democratic institutions are gradually weakened by those in power. If unchecked, it could lead to the complete break-down of democratic systems.
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