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Public Policy and the New European Agendas

Edited by Fergus Carr and Andrew Massey

This broad and all-encompassing study focuses on Europe’s new policy agendas. It brings together international academic experts on a range of policies to discuss Europe’s place in the world and its relationship to the USA and beyond. This book concentrates on two key themes of particular salience for policy makers: the enlargement of the EU and the place of Europe in international politics. An expansive list of important policy areas within these themes is explored.
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Chapter 3: Enlargement and Central and Eastern Europe

Petr Drulák


Petr Drulák This chapter looks at the eastern enlargement of the European Union (EU) through Central European eyes. It focuses on the costs and benefits which the Central and Eastern European countries (CEECs) associate with their EU membership. However, the chapter tries to avoid a standard, economic cost–benefit analysis, which would quantify all the items, summarize them and present the bottom line as the final result. Even though this kind of analysis can provide valuable findings (see e.g. Majcen, 1999), it is bound to miss the bigger picture of institutional and ideational changes in the CEECs related to EU accession. Therefore, I start by pointing to the asymmetry in the theorization of EU enlargement that leads to the underestimation of the ideational factors in the analysis of the CEECs, even though these factors are usually taken into account in the analysis of the EU. Following this, I look into how Europe is constructed in relation to the national identities of the CEECs, arguing that these constructions represent frameworks within which the accession practice has been embedded. The accession practice itself is addressed by the analysis of accession negotiations and the development of good governance in the CEECs. I argue that these two areas represent the accession practice very well. As for the former, the most contested issues in the accession negotiations provide us with an idea of how the costs and benefits of accession were perceived. Concerning the latter, good governance became the key issue...

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