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The Social Context in Conditionality: Internationalizing Finance and Defense in Postcommunist Europe

Epstein, Rachel. (2007) The Social Context in Conditionality: Internationalizing Finance and Defense in Postcommunist Europe. In: UNSPECIFIED, Montreal, Canada. (Unpublished)

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    This paper theorizes the conditions under which states are likely to comply with the policy prescriptions of international institutions. Two groups of explanations dominate the literature: 1) that states comply because of the power of incentives and 2) that states comply because they are persuaded by the power of arguments. I provide an alternative ‘hybrid’ approach and suggest that incentives elicit their intended effect only within a specific social context. This context is defined by the uncertainty of domestic actors, the perceived status of international institutions and the credibility of the policies in question. Degrees of uncertainty, hierarchy and credibility imbue incentives with meaning that, from the perspective of domestic actors, make them worthy of compliance or not. Compliance outcomes over time and across counties correspond more consistently to variation in the social context in connection with incentives than to incentives taken on their own. In this chapter, I propose to test the argument in four areas: the democratization of civil-military relations, the denationalization of defense planning, the institutionalization of central bank independence and the internationalization of bank ownership. I briefly address outcomes in four countries: Poland, Hungary, Romania and Ukraine.

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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Ddemocratization of civil-military relations; denationalization of defense planning; institutionalization of central bank independence; internationalization of bank ownership.
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > External relations > common foreign & security policy 1993--European Global Strategy
    Other > integration theory (see also researching and writing the EU in this section)
    Countries > Poland
    Countries > Hungary
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > political affairs > democracy/democratic deficit
    Countries > Ukraine
    Countries > Romania
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > economic and financial affairs > business/private economic activity
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Conference: European Union Studies Association (EUSA) > Biennial Conference > 2007 (10th), May 17-19, 2007
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 09 Jul 2008
    Page Range: p. 36
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:50

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