Each year the EMA Council of Directors selects five theses, which stand out not only for their formal academic qualities but also for the originality of topic, innovative character of methodology and approach, potential usefulness in raising awareness about neglected issues, and capacity for contributing to the promotion of the values underlying human rights and democracy.
Browsing Global Campus Europe (EMA) Awarded Theses by Author "Andersen, Erik André"
Hamels, Pieter Jan; Andersen, Erik André
This research analyzes the different ways history is used by states in democratization-processes, both in the short term transition to democracy as for the long term consolidation of democracy.
After an attempt to define certain key concepts (democracy, democratization, collective identity and collective memory), the thesis focuses on three policy-domains: (1) official symbols and traditions, (2) history-education and (3) truth- and justice-policies.
In all of the three domains, it analyzes how, when and why references to the past contribute to democratization-processes and how, when and why it proves to be detrimental for these processes. Avoiding simplifying generalizations, it looks into the role the past plays in creating national cohesion and solidarity (nation-building), the legitimation of democratic rule, and the promotion of democratic values.
By shedding a light on a sometimes forgotten, but therefore not less influential aspect of democratization-processes, this research hopes to contribute to the growing body of democratization-studies.