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Europeanization and Regionalization in the EU's Enlargement to Central and Eastern Europe: the myth of conditionality

James Hughes, Gwendolyn Sasse, Claire Gordon
Palgrave Macmillan (October 2004)

This book is a major new study of the recently completed EU enlargement in Central and Eastern Europe, focussing on EU conditionality for membership and the compliance by the candidate countries. EU conditionality is widely understood as having been a driving force for enlargement and Europeanization, providing incentives and sanctions for compliance or non-compliance with EU norms, such as the 'Copenhagen Criteria' and the adoption of the acquis communautaire. By taking regional policy and regionalization as a case study, this book provides a comparative analysis of the effects of conditionality on the Central and East European counties, and critically explores the many paradoxes and weaknesses in its use by the EU. 

  • Claire Gordon is visiting lecturer in the Department of Government at LSE.
  • James Hughes is reader in comparative and East European politics at LSE.  
  • Gwendolyn Sasse is lecturer in East European politics at LSE.  

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