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Vulnerabilities, Accession Hangovers and the Presidency Role: Explaining New EU Member States' Choices for Europe. CES Central & Eastern Europe Working Paper Series No. 68, February 2010

Haughton, Tim. (2010) Vulnerabilities, Accession Hangovers and the Presidency Role: Explaining New EU Member States' Choices for Europe. CES Central & Eastern Europe Working Paper Series No. 68, February 2010. [Working Paper]

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    Abstract

    What shapes a European Union member state's preferences and why do some states seem much more enthusiastic about further integration in some policy areas than others? This paper examines the factors which shape the preferences of three of the 2004 entrants: Slovakia, Slovenia and the Czech Republic. Based on a detailed study of government and party documents complemented by a series of 40 semi-structured interviews, I argue that whilst there is merit in many of the explanations used to explain national preference formation in the longer-established member states, the key to preference formation lies in vulnerabilities and perceived weakness.

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    Item Type: Working Paper
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > EU institutions & developments > institutional development/policy > multi-speed integration
    EU policies and themes > EU institutions & developments > European Council-Presidency
    Countries > Slovakia
    Countries > Slovenia
    Countries > Czech Republic
    EU policies and themes > Treaty reform > enlargement
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Series: Series > Harvard University, Center for European Studies > Program on Central & Eastern Europe Working Papers Series
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 02 Aug 2010
    Page Range: p. 41
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 18:33
    URI: http://aei.pitt.edu/id/eprint/14473

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