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"What does the case of Slovakia tell us about the EU’s Active Leverage?"

Haughton, Tim. (2007) "What does the case of Slovakia tell us about the EU’s Active Leverage?". In: UNSPECIFIED, Montreal, Canada. (Unpublished)

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    [From the introduction]. This short paper seeks to reflect on the experience of Slovakia and highlights what that particular case has taught us about the active leverage of the EU. I recognize that unpicking causation between domestic and European arenas is fraught with methodological difficulties (Haverland, 2006). Unlike our colleagues from chemistry, as political scientists we are not afforded the luxury to isolate and remove individual ingredients and then re-run experiments to see if the results change, hence identifying chains of causation is extremely difficult and tends to lead to conclusions, which are vague, hedged and less than robust. Bearing that caveat in mind, however, I venture a few arguments based on a close observation of the Slovak case. Firstly, building on the helpful distinction between political2 conditionality and acquis conditionality, I suggest that the Slovak case demonstrates the power of acquis conditionality, but the limits of the ‘transformative power’ (Grabbe, 2006) of political conditionality. Indeed, acquis conditionality may be more influential in cases where political conditionality is perceived to have had an influence. Secondly, the EU has very little impact on domestic party politics beyond influencing the choice of coalition partners, but even here the impact of the EU is probably exaggerated. Thirdly, the power of the acquis conditionality varies depending on the clarity, consistency and ascribed salience of such laws.

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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 > Slovak Republic
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > political affairs > political parties
    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 May 2008
    Page Range: p. 13
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:50

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