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"Regional Public Goods or Philanthropy? A Critical Assessment of the EU-Balkans Economic Relations"

Ugur, Mehmet. (2003) "Regional Public Goods or Philanthropy? A Critical Assessment of the EU-Balkans Economic Relations". In: UNSPECIFIED, Nashville, TN.

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    This paper examines the European Union’s (EU’s) economic relations with the Western Balkans (WB) in the light of the emerging debate on international public goods. The paper argues that the EU’s philanthropic approach to transition reforms in the WB is too discretionary to be efficient and/or equitable. We think that the concept of regional public goods (RPG) provides a good benchmark against which the efficiency/equity implications of EU-WB relations can be assessed. The RPG approach suggests that the EU’s trade and aid policies towards the WB will be efficient/equitable if: (i) EU policy takes account of the positive externalities associated with the transition reforms; and (ii) existing contractual arrangements reduce the scope for philanthropic discretion by the EU and free-riding by WB countries. First, we demonstrate analytically why these conditions are relevant. Then, we examine the current framework of EU-WB relations to evaluate the extent to which the EU’s policy reflects philanthropic collusion or efficient/equitable provision of RPG.

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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Additional Information: Also published as UNU/CRIS Occasional Papers, 0-2003/1.
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Regional public goods; transition; the Balkans; policy reform.
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > External relations > EU-South-Eastern Europe (Balkans)
    EU policies and themes > External relations > international trade
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Conference: European Union Studies Association (EUSA) > Biennial Conference > 2003 (8th), March 27-29, 2003
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2006
    Page Range: p. 23
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:45

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