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Political Science in Europe

Ten Years On: Evaluating Eastern Enlargement

Europe (Central and Eastern)
European Union
Workshop Number
Workshop Directors
Aron Buzogany
Freie Universität Berlin
Marcia Taylor
ECPR, Harbour House
Workshop Co-Director
Antoaneta Dimitrova
Departments of Political Science and Public Administration, Universiteit Leiden

Driven by the EU’s membership conditionality, the ten post-communist Central and Eastern European states engaged in far going reforms of their legal, political and economic systems and underwent changes in their state-society relations. This development culminated in their EU membership in 2004 and, respectively, for Romania and Bulgaria, in 2007. The membership criteria included political and economic expectations, such as the stability of institutions guaranteeing democracy, respect for human rights and the existence of a functioning market economy. In addition, the candidate countries had to harmonize their legislation with the EU’s acquis communautaire before accession and strengthen their administrative capacities. Early on, media, politicians and academic communities voiced doubts about the sustainability of the conditionality-induced impact of the EU on the Central and Eastern European states, arguing that EU transformative leverage will evaporate once the goal of membership is reached. More optimistically, others contended that the EU has successfully “locked-in” political and economic development in the accession states and commands over different efficient tools to exert leverage after accession. Ten years after the completion of the first round of the Eastern enlargement in May 2004, time is now ripe to assess the outcomes and the impact of EU membership on the Central and Eastern European member states. The proposed workshop will evaluate whether the promises of the 2004-2007 enlargement have been fulfilled in core areas of the Copenhagen Criteria: democratic institutions, functioning market economy, compliance with EU legislation and the establishment of administrative capacities. The anniversary provides a good opportunity to assess the complex influence of membership across the Central and Eastern European member states and to advance both our theoretical and empirical understanding of domestic transformative processes triggered by European integration.

Paper List

Title Details
Beyond Conditionality: Development Policies of the EU 'Emergent Donors' in Comparative Perspective View Paper Details
Decoupling Superficial from Substantive Compliance in the Enlarged EU? Evidence from Two Policy Areas View Paper Details
Distrust Unbound: Perceptions of Corruption on the Path to EU Membership. What Next? View Paper Details
EU Enlargement Policy 20 Years after Copenhagen: Candidate and Potential Candidate Countries ‒ Unexpected Policy Shapers? View Paper Details
Europeanisation and the Changes in Interest-Group Types in the Post-Communist Context View Paper Details
Europeanisation of Lithuania Ten Years On: The Case of the Good Performer? View Paper Details
Europeanisation with an East-European Accent? The Impact of Studying Eastern Europe on Europeanisation Research: A bibliometric Review View Paper Details
Immigration from Central and Eastern Europe and Public Support for European Integration View Paper Details
Large-Scale Economic Transformations in Central and Eastern Europe: Is there a Post-Accession Effect? View Paper Details
Membership and Conditionality Effects on Democratic Development View Paper Details
Public Administration Changes and the Impact of the EU: Agencification and Depoliticisation in Central and Eastern Europe View Paper Details
Rule Imposition or Development? Understanding EU Goals and Means of Managing Economic and Regulatory Integration During Enlargement View Paper Details
Societal Empowerment and EU Enlargement: Evidence from a ‘Successful Laggard’ View Paper Details
Ten Years of the EU Membership in NMS: Decline in Democracy, Good Governance and Competitiveness View Paper Details
The Conditions of Successful Implementation of Cohesion Policy in the New Member States of the EU View Paper Details
Too Proud to Have Pride? The EU’s (In)ability to Promote LGBT Equality in Serbia View Paper Details
Why Poland but not Ukraine? How we Learned the Wrong Lessons from the Case of the European Union's Eastern Enlargement and the Pitfalls of Comparative Research Design View Paper Details
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