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When europeanization hits limited statehood
Börzel, Tanja A. ;  Kolleg-Forschergruppe The Transformative Power of Europe <Berlin>

Main titleWhen europeanization hits limited statehood
Subtitlethe Western Balkans as a test case for the Transformative Power of Europe
AuthorBörzel, Tanja A.
InstitutionKolleg-Forschergruppe The Transformative Power of Europe <Berlin>
No. of Pages18 S.
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Working paper / KFG, The Tranformative Power of Europe ; 30
Classification (DDC)300 Social sciences
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AbstractThe EU seeks to transform the domestic structures of the Western Balkan countries in order to foster peace, stability and prosperity in the region ridden by war and ethnic conflict. Unlike in case of the Mediterranean and Newly Independent States, the EU has even offered its South Eastern European neighbors a membership perspective. Whether the “golden carrot” is big enough, however, to draw the Western Balkans closer to Europe, is still an open question. Croatia has made sufficient progress to successfully conclude accession negotiations in the years to come. The EU rewarded domestic reforms in Macedonia and Montenegro with granting them candidate status, which Serbia is likely to receive in the near future. Albania, by contrast, appears to be more reluctant to engage in the changes necessary to get even with Macedonia and Montenegro. Bosnia Herzegovina and Kosovo, finally, are seriously lagging behind and have not even applied for membership. Can Europeanization approaches account for the differential impact of the EU in the Western Balkans? The paper argues that problems of limited statehood have seriously curbed the transformative power of the EU in the Western Balkans - despite their membership perspective. Not only has the EU exerted less pressure for adaptation on Western Balkan governments. Weak state capacities and ethnic conflicts have reduced both their willingness and capacity to implement the acquis communautaire. Given its lack of experience in state building, the EU is ill-equipped to address these problems. This results in a serious dilemma. On the one hand, the EU has offered the Western Balkans a membership perspective to stabilize the region and overcome problems caused by weak and contested statehood. On the other hand, it is the limited statehood of Western Balkan countries, which
undermines their compliance with EU norms and rules.
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FU DepartmentDepartment of Political and Social Sciences
Other affiliation(s)Kolleg Forschergruppe "The Transformative Power of Europe"
Year of publication2011
Type of documentBook
LanguageEnglish
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