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The Impact of Enlargement on Institutional Integrity in Central and Eastern Europe
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
2009 (English)In: Perspectives on European Politics and Society, ISSN 1570-5854, E-ISSN 1568-0258, Vol. 10, no 2, 167-180 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article represents an attempt to synthesise the results of existing work on European Union enlargement in scholarly journals and other publications, and to theorise those insights via the concept of institutional integrity. The basic question asked here refers to the impact of the incorporation of theĀ acquis communautaire, roughly 100,000 pages of legal text originally developed for West European countries, on the reconstruction of political, economic and legal institutions in Central and Eastern Europe. Two dimensions of institutional integrity are examined, namely the relationships between: (1) institutional subjects, meaning the distinctiveness of key units of the system of government; and (2) institutional spheres, pertaining to boundaries between the realms of politics, economics and law. The article ends by predicting that institutional integrity will only come about at a moderate pace, through social change reflecting the long-term stabilisation of newly established political and economic structures, but also affirming that this process by virtue of pre-accession enlargement is well advanced throughout Central and Eastern Europe.

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Taylor & Francis, 2009. Vol. 10, no 2, 167-180 p.
Keyword [en]
Central and Eastern Europe, EU enlargement, acquis, institutional integrity
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Political Science
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Political Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-26200DOI: 10.1080/15705850902899180OAI: diva2:207608
Available from: 2009-03-11 Created: 2009-03-11 Last updated: 2015-08-19Bibliographically approved

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