Romania and The European Union
From Marginalisation to Membership?
Routledge – 2008 – 208 pages
Series: Europe and the Nation State
This book explores the dynamics behind Romania’s relationship with the European Union from the collapse of the Ceaucescu regime in 1989, to its recent accession to the EU in 2007. As a completely up-to-date and detailed study, it identifies key developments in EU-Romania relations, as well as the challenges Romania faced in its efforts move from the margins of the European integration to EU membership. In so doing, the analysis contributes to wider debates about the dynamics underpinning EU enlargement. Moreover, the book reveals the consequences and limits of Europeanization.
Romania and the European Union analyses:
This book identifies the EU’s role in promoting reform, but equally the limits of EU influence. It reveals the obstacles Romania has had to overcome in meeting the demanding pre-requisites of accession to the EU.
Introduction 1. From Isolation to Incomplete Rehabilitation: The Politics of Cautious Rapprochement, 1989-1997 2. 1997-2007 – From Rehabilitation to Accession: The Struggle for a Credible Candidacy 3. A Maturing Democracy? Romania’s Political System on the Road to EU Membership 4. Stop-Go Economic Transition: The Long Road to a Functioning Market Economy 5. Recasting the Romanian State: The Challenge of Good Governance 6. Plugging a Leaky Border: Complying with the Justice and Home Affairs Acquis and Preparing for Schengen. Conclusion
Dimitris Papadimitriou is Senior Lecturer in European Politics at The University of Manchester, and a visiting Fellow at the Hellenic Observatory at the LSE. In 2006-7, he was S. J. Seeger Visiting Research Fellow at Princeton University. He is the author of Negotiating the New Europe.
David Phinnemore is Senior Lecturer in European Integration, and Jean Monnet Chair in European Political Integration at Queen's University Belfast. He is editor of The EU and Romania, and co-author of Understanding the European Constitution (also published by Routledge).