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Transformation all the way down? European Union integration and the professional socialization of municipal health officials in Serbia

Fagan, Adam and Sircar, Indraneel (2020) Transformation all the way down? European Union integration and the professional socialization of municipal health officials in Serbia. Journal of Common Market Studies, 58 (3). 688 - 705. ISSN 0021-9886

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Identification Number: 10.1111/jcms.12952

Abstract

This article assesses whether different types of exposure to European Union (EU) modes of socialization are associated with differences in attitudes towards corruption, using Serbia as case study. Drawing on a survey of Serbian municipal health-care officials, the article complements existing research on the impact of EU conditionality on attitudes at the national level, while also contributing to the understanding of the impact of domestic variables on Europeanization. Thus, the article's contribution to the wider literature is to interrogate the premise that in order to deliver substantive reform, attitudes and practices need to be changed via exposure to EU tutelage and processes. Our data suggest that the type of interaction that officials have with the EU and its processes matters. While those involved in EU harmonization activities were significantly more critical of clientelistic behaviour, there is no significant association between attitudes and doing daily EU-related work or attending EU training.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/14685965
Additional Information: © 2019 University Association for Contemporary European Studies and John Wiley & Sons Ltd Research for this article has been supported by the FP7 programme of the EU (project “Maximizing the integration capacity of the European Union: Lessons and prospects for enlargement and beyond” [MAXCAP]) under grant agreement number 320115. The authors are grateful for the research assistance by Mladen Ostojić and Marija Žurnić, as well as the advice from Jouni Kuha and Javier Sajuria on earlier drafts.
Divisions: Methodology
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Date Deposited: 16 May 2019 11:54
Last Modified: 20 Jul 2020 08:54
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/100821

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