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Towards a multi-bilateral enlargement policy? German assistance to Central and Eastern Europe at the crossroads with European aid programs

Tulmets, Elsa (2002) Towards a multi-bilateral enlargement policy? German assistance to Central and Eastern Europe at the crossroads with European aid programs. In: UNSPECIFIED, Florence, Italy.

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    [Summary]. Since a few years, a lively debate has taken place on whether European regionalisation process contributes to a decline or a restructuring of the nation state. In this article, the case of German assistance to Central and Eastern European countries (CEEC) will help analysing how national external policies evolve and adapt to a new integrative environment. The eastwards enlargement of the European Union will be the general framework for making the interdisciplinary link between foreign policy and European questions. As we argue that the enlargement is a sui generis process, one way to analyse the restructuring state is making sociology of the German federal field of aid. Drawing on the literature on social constructivism, sociological institutionalism and sociology of elites, we adopt two variables (identity norms and institutions), which have to be tested in order to understand structural and relational power (S. Strange) among actors involved in national/bilateral (Transform program) and European/multilateral projects (Phare/Twinning). As a result, we contribute to the debate on governance, as we observe that German cooperative federalism is particularly put into question, we argue that a multi-bilateral policy towards CEEC is in fact taking shape.

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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Social constructivism; sociological institutionalism; sociology of elites.
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > External relations > foreign/security policy 1993--(includes CFSP/CESDP/ESS)
    EU policies and themes > External relations > EU-Central and Eastern Europe
    EU policies and themes > Treaty reform > enlargement
    Countries > Germany
    Other > integration theory (see also researching and writing the EU in this section)
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series: UNSPECIFIED
    ["eprint_fieldname_eusries" not defined]: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Conference: European Political-economy Infrastructure Consortium (EPIC) > 2nd EPIC Cohort of Doctoral Researchers Workshop 3
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2003
    Page Range: p. 40
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:16
    URI: http://aei.pitt.edu/id/eprint/738

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