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Beyond conditionality: international institutions in postcommunist Europe after enlargement

Sedelmeier, Ulrich and Epstein, Rachel (2008) Beyond conditionality: international institutions in postcommunist Europe after enlargement. Journal of European Public Policy, 15 (6). pp. 795-805. ISSN 1350-1763

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Identification Number: 10.1080/13501760802196465


According to the dominant incentive-based explanation, European Union (EU) conditionality has been particularly effective when the EU offered a credible membership incentive and when incumbent governments did not consider the domestic costs of compliance threatening to their hold on power. However, after the EU's eastern enlargement the influence of international institutions could then be expected to decrease in three different contexts: (i) the new member states after accession; (ii) the current candidate countries; and (iii) the postcommunist countries in the European neighbourhood policy. Yet although the incentive-based explanation receives support in some issue areas, in others, external influence is more enduring than predicted. To the extent that our understanding of the power of incentives is complicated by post-enlargement findings, there are new avenues for research into the full range of mechanisms that international institutions have at their disposal for influencing target states.

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Additional Information: © 2008 Taylor & Francis
Divisions: International Relations
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Sets: Departments > International Relations
Date Deposited: 11 Dec 2008 15:29
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2021 01:40

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