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How structural reforms and European integration can help aid the convergence of Western Balkan states with the EU

Besim, Fatmir (2017) How structural reforms and European integration can help aid the convergence of Western Balkan states with the EU. LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog (07 Jul 2017). Website.

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Abstract

Six states in the Western Balkans – Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia – have aspirations to join the European Union. These six states have implemented policies aimed at developing convergence with the EU in terms of their political systems, their economies, and their compatibility with EU law (the acquis communautaire). Fatmir Besimi presents a comprehensive analysis of the progress of both these states and the states that have joined the EU since 2004. He highlights three key conclusions: that convergence is a persistent and stable long-term process; that structural reforms have a positive impact on convergence; and that EU membership enhances convergence.

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/europpblog/
Additional Information: © 2017 The Author(s); Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Sets: Collections > LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog
Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2017 11:11
Last Modified: 29 Jul 2020 23:24
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/83899

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