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Diffusion of European Norms: Adoption of the principle of rule of law by Georgia and Ukraine

Moskovko, Mariia LU (2012) STVM23 20121
Department of Political Science
Abstract
Several founding democratic norms of the European Union (EU) may nowadays be found in their emerging stage in the post-Soviet countries outside of the Union’s borders. This is an indication that norms may get diffused, float around the continent and find a fertile soil in a new environment. Thus Georgia, located thousands of kilometers away from the EU, is highlighted as a success story of its cooperation with the EU on transformations in the sphere of rule of law. Ukraine, on the other hand, is lagging behind, despite its geographic proximity to the Union and membership aspirations. This thesis examines the process of diffusion of the European principle of rule of law in Georgia and Ukraine, within the framework of the European... (More)
Several founding democratic norms of the European Union (EU) may nowadays be found in their emerging stage in the post-Soviet countries outside of the Union’s borders. This is an indication that norms may get diffused, float around the continent and find a fertile soil in a new environment. Thus Georgia, located thousands of kilometers away from the EU, is highlighted as a success story of its cooperation with the EU on transformations in the sphere of rule of law. Ukraine, on the other hand, is lagging behind, despite its geographic proximity to the Union and membership aspirations. This thesis examines the process of diffusion of the European principle of rule of law in Georgia and Ukraine, within the framework of the European Neighborhood Policy (ENP). The study, in addition to revealing the driving forces of the ENP, also focuses on the country-specific factors which may hinder or facilitate adoption of a diffused norm. The main findings of the study point out that the monolithic composition of the ruling elite and the complexity of geopolitical and economic situation in a country may increase the dynamics of the diffusion process. (Less)
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Moskovko, Mariia LU
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STVM23 20121
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H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
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keywords
Georgia, the European Neighborhood Policy (ENP), norm diffusion, norm “life cycle”, Ukraine
language
English
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2971194
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2012-09-05 16:19:02
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  abstract     = {Several founding democratic norms of the European Union (EU) may nowadays be found in their emerging stage in the post-Soviet countries outside of the Union’s borders. This is an indication that norms may get diffused, float around the continent and find a fertile soil in a new environment. Thus Georgia, located thousands of kilometers away from the EU, is highlighted as a success story of its cooperation with the EU on transformations in the sphere of rule of law. Ukraine, on the other hand, is lagging behind, despite its geographic proximity to the Union and membership aspirations. This thesis examines the process of diffusion of the European principle of rule of law in Georgia and Ukraine, within the framework of the European Neighborhood Policy (ENP). The study, in addition to revealing the driving forces of the ENP, also focuses on the country-specific factors which may hinder or facilitate adoption of a diffused norm. The main findings of the study point out that the monolithic composition of the ruling elite and the complexity of geopolitical and economic situation in a country may increase the dynamics of the diffusion process.},
  author       = {Moskovko, Mariia},
  keyword      = {Georgia,the European Neighborhood Policy (ENP),norm diffusion,norm “life cycle”,Ukraine},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Diffusion of European Norms: Adoption of the principle of rule of law by Georgia and Ukraine},
  year         = {2012},
}