Library Header Image
LSE Research Online LSE Library Services

The political economy of accession: forming economically viable Member States

Bartlett, Will ORCID: 0000-0002-6775-4339 (2014) The political economy of accession: forming economically viable Member States. In: Keil, Soeren and Arkan, Zeynep, (eds.) The EU and Member State Building: European Foreign Policy in the Western Balkans. Routledge Studies in Intervention and Statebuilding. Routledge, Abingdon, UK, 209 - 232. ISBN 9781138236608

Full text not available from this repository.


This chapter considers the economic dimension of the enlargement process. The Copenhagen criteria require that before a country becomes a member of the EU it must have a ‘functioning market economy’. However, the European Commission’s 2013 ‘enlargement package’ assessed that none of the current Western Balkan countries have a functioning market economy, presenting a stumbling block to their accession. In this chapter, it is shown that this assessment is at odds with the real situation and that by any reasonable assessment all the countries do in fact have functioning and viable market economies, but that they fall down on the institutional aspects of the economic conditions for EU membership. The problem is that they have ‘too much’ market and ‘too little’ (or too weak) state institutions that could ameliorate the adverse social effects of an unregulated market system, and insufficient state intervention that would stabilise their economies in the face of external shocks such as the recent economic crisis.

Item Type: Book Section
Official URL:
Additional Information: © 2015 The Author
Divisions: European Institute
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Date Deposited: 22 Nov 2022 11:12
Last Modified: 01 Jun 2024 23:15

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item