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Questioning EU Enlargement

Europe in Search of Identity, 1st Edition

Edited by Helene Sjursen


240 pages

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This new book takes a unique approach to the study of European enlargement, tackling key questions.

What kind of understanding of the EU do the enlargement processes speak to? Do decisions to enlarge mainly suggest that the EU is a free market, focusing on potential economic gains? Do they indicate that there is a sense of common European identity? Or is the focus primarily on securing respect for democratic principles and human rights?

Offering up-to-date studies of the EU enlargement processes and country-specific in-depth analyses, Questioning EU Enlargement will be a valuable resource for students and scholars of European studies, international relations and politics.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Enlargement and the nature of the EU polity 2. Justifying the Second Enlargement: Promoting interests, Consolidating Democracy or Returning to the Roots? 3. In spite of the costs? Moral constraints on Spain’s enlargement policy 4. Turkey’s EU Politics: Consolidating democracy through enlargement? 5. The importance of solidarity: Denmark as a promoter of enlargement 6. More than simply expanding markets: Germany and EU enlargement 7. The case of Turkey: Are some candidates more "European" than others? 8. Protecting the idea of Europe: France and enlargement 9. Probably a problem-solving regime, perhaps a rights based union: European integration in Czech and Slovak political discourse 10. Double standards? Minority protection as a condition for membership 11. Conclusion: the European Union between values and rights

About the Editor

Helene Sjursen is Senior Researcher at ARENA, Centre for European Studies at the University of Oslo, Norway.

About the Series

Routledge Studies on Democratising Europe

Routledge Studies on Democratising Europe focuses on the prospects for a citizens’ Europe by analysing the kind of order that is emerging in Europe. The books in the series take stock of the EU as an entity that has progressed beyond intergovernmentalism and consider how to account for this process and what makes it democratic. The emphasis is on citizenship, constitution-making, public sphere, enlargement, common foreign and security policy, and Europe society.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Government / General