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“The Double Puzzle of EU Enlargement: Liberal Norms, Rhetorical Action, and the Decision to Expand to the East”

Schimmelfennig, Frank. (1999) “The Double Puzzle of EU Enlargement: Liberal Norms, Rhetorical Action, and the Decision to Expand to the East”. In: UNSPECIFIED, Pittsburgh, PA. (Unpublished)

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    In this paper, I analyze the decision of the European Union (EU) to expand to Central and Eastern Europe. More precisely, as it is still uncertain when, under which conditions, and (some would even argue) whether Eastern enlargement will actually take place, I ask why the EU opened accession negotiations with five Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries (the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Poland, and Slovenia) in March 1998. The analysis is embedded in and guided by the current “great debate” between rationalist and sociological or constructivist approaches to the study of international institutions in the International Relations (IR) discipline. I argue that, in the perspective of this theoretical debate, the decision of the EU to expand to the East confronts us with a double puzzle.

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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Subjects for non-EU documents: Countries > Estonia
    EU policies and themes > External relations > EU-Central and Eastern Europe
    Countries > Slovenia
    Countries > Czech Republic
    EU policies and themes > Treaty reform > enlargement
    Other > integration theory (see also researching and writing the EU in this section)
    Countries > Poland
    Countries > Hungary
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Conference: European Union Studies Association (EUSA) > Biennial Conference > 1999 (6th), June 2-5, 1999
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 08 Nov 2006
    Page Range: p. 50
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:22

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