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"Between EU eligibility requirements, competitive politics and national traditions: Re-creating regions in the accession countries of Central and Eastern Europe"

Brusis, Martin. (2001) "Between EU eligibility requirements, competitive politics and national traditions: Re-creating regions in the accession countries of Central and Eastern Europe". In: UNSPECIFIED, Madison, Wisconsin. (Unpublished)

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    Abstract

    Contrary to the current EU member states which became part of the EU system and its cohesion policy with more consolidated national administrative traditions, the CEECs are faced with the challenge of reconstructing their regional levels after decades of state socialist centralism and politicized bureaucracy, and as a “missing link” between central and local governments that were transformed at the outset of democratic transition. While their situation appears to be constitutionally more “open,” the interests and capabilities of the EU to provide policy guidance are greater than in the case of its incumbent member states or previous enlargements. The paper seeks to assess how and to what extent the pre-accession regime of the EU, the interests of competing domestic political actors and the national administrative traditions have shaped the new regional-level administrations in the accession countries. While the empirical focus of the paper is on Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia, general conclusions will be drawn with respect to the Europeanization debate.

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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > europeanisation/europeanization & European identity
    Countries > Slovakia
    Countries > Bulgaria
    Countries > Czech Republic
    EU policies and themes > Treaty reform > enlargement
    Countries > Poland
    Countries > Hungary
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series: UNSPECIFIED
    ["eprint_fieldname_eusries" not defined]: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Conference: European Union Studies Association (EUSA) > Biennial Conference > 2001 (7th), May 31-June 2, 2001
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 29 Mar 2006
    Page Range: p. 30
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:21
    URI: http://aei.pitt.edu/id/eprint/2057

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