The EU's support for democratic governance in the Eastern neighbourhood:the role of transition experience from the New Member States


The European Union seems to place an increasing rhetorical emphasis on harnessing the transition experience of the new member states. This article examines whether the EU actually makes use of this experience in its promotion of democratic governance in the eastern neighbourhood. The main conclusion is that while reform priorities of the EU in the region are aligned with transition experience, the actual participation of actors from the new members in implementing EU-financed projects aimed at promoting democratic governance is limited. This contradiction should be resolved or it will further erode the credibility of the EU's external policies.

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Divisions: Languages & Social Sciences
Languages & Social Sciences > Politics & International Relations
Languages & Social Sciences > Aston Centre for Europe
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Europe-Asia Studies on 12/08/14, available online:
Full Text Link: http://www.tand ... 136.2014.927646
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2014-08-09
Authors: Szent-Iványi, Balázs ( 0000-0002-5883-4601)



Version: Accepted Version

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