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EU Enlargement - A Powerful Foreign Policy Tool? - A study of Member States' actions in the enlargement negotiations

Cruce, Fredrika (2008)
Department of Political Science
Abstract
The enlargement of the European Union has been claimed to be one of the most powerful foreign policy instruments to spread peace and stability in the wider Europe. The EU if often expected to have a responsibility for the broader European region, a responsibility that can be derived from treaty texts and declarations. The effectiveness of the enlargement instrument is dependent on the credibility of the process. This thesis examines the EU Member States? actions in the enlargement Council working group, COELA. A hypothesis about Member States using the accession negotiations as a lever to pursue national interests is supported by the results. A number of bilateral issues between Member States and the two negotiating candidate states,... (More)
The enlargement of the European Union has been claimed to be one of the most powerful foreign policy instruments to spread peace and stability in the wider Europe. The EU if often expected to have a responsibility for the broader European region, a responsibility that can be derived from treaty texts and declarations. The effectiveness of the enlargement instrument is dependent on the credibility of the process. This thesis examines the EU Member States? actions in the enlargement Council working group, COELA. A hypothesis about Member States using the accession negotiations as a lever to pursue national interests is supported by the results. A number of bilateral issues between Member States and the two negotiating candidate states, Turkey and Croatia are presented. The study is based on Council working group documents as well as on interviews with Swedish government officials. In the end a wider discussion is held on the possible effects of the results on the credibility of the enlargement instrument. (Less)
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author
Cruce, Fredrika
supervisor
organization
year
type
H1 - Master's Degree (One Year)
subject
keywords
Political and administrative sciences, credibility, Croatia, Turkey, EU, enlargement, Statsvetenskap, förvaltningskunskap
language
English
id
1317181
date added to LUP
2008-06-16
date last changed
2009-04-20 11:20:32
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  abstract     = {The enlargement of the European Union has been claimed to be one of the most powerful foreign policy instruments to spread peace and stability in the wider Europe. The EU if often expected to have a responsibility for the broader European region, a responsibility that can be derived from treaty texts and declarations. The effectiveness of the enlargement instrument is dependent on the credibility of the process. This thesis examines the EU Member States? actions in the enlargement Council working group, COELA. A hypothesis about Member States using the accession negotiations as a lever to pursue national interests is supported by the results. A number of bilateral issues between Member States and the two negotiating candidate states, Turkey and Croatia are presented. The study is based on Council working group documents as well as on interviews with Swedish government officials. In the end a wider discussion is held on the possible effects of the results on the credibility of the enlargement instrument.},
  author       = {Cruce, Fredrika},
  keyword      = {Political and administrative sciences,credibility,Croatia,Turkey,EU,enlargement,Statsvetenskap,förvaltningskunskap},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {EU Enlargement - A Powerful Foreign Policy Tool? - A study of Member States' actions in the enlargement negotiations},
  year         = {2008},
}