This edited volume discusses and challenges the conventional wisdoms dominating the scholarship on policy change in the EU's Eastern neighbourhood countries. Drawing upon new empirical evidence underpinning the contributions to this volume, the authors argue that compliance with, or convergence to, EU policies continue despite high costs, limited capacities and the lack of EU membership prospects. The contributions also challenge country-level or policy-type explanations that emphasise membership aspirations, asymmetric interdependencies between the EU and the neighbourhood countries, or the level of politicisation or institutionalisation characterising particular policy fields. Finally, the volume’s findings point towards important differences between membership, accession and neighbourhood Europeanisation by highlighting factors that have been ignored by students of EU enlargement. These factors include the role of Russia, which is an important regional power, and of transnational actors such as multinational companies or international finance institutions, as well as the impact of informal domestic veto players on policy change in the EU’s Eastern neighbourhood.
This book was originally published as a special issue of Europe-Asia Studies.
1. Introduction: Explaining Policy Change in the European Union’s Eastern Neighbourhood Julia Langbein and Tanja A. Börzel 2. Migration, Energy and Good Governance in the EU’s Eastern neighbourhood Esther Ademmer and Tanja A. Börzel 3. Selective Adoption of EU Environmental Norms in Ukraine. Convergence à la Carte Aron Buzogány 4. Unpacking the Russian and EU Impact on Policy Change in the Eastern Neighbourhood: The Case of Ukraine’s Telecommunications and Food Safety Julia Langbein 5. Shaping Convergence with the EU in Foreign Policy and State Aid in Post-Orange Ukraine: Weak External Incentives, Powerful Veto Players Antoaneta Dimitrova and Rilka Dragneva
The Routledge Europe-Asia Studies Series focuses on the history and current political, social and economic affairs of the countries of the former ‘communist bloc’ of the Soviet Union, Eastern Europe and Asia. As well as providing contemporary analyses it explores the economic, political and social transformation of these countries and the changing character of their relationships with the rest of Europe and Asia.