The role of the European Union (EU) in Central and Eastern European countries (CEECs) and its ‘near abroad’ has attracted much scholarly attention over the past few years. Notwithstanding the successes of the EU’s eastwards enlargement, the ‘transformative power’ of the EU in the region has often been called into question, both in terms of its depth and longevity. This book addresses a number of key questions: What determines EU performance in post-communist Europe? What are the conditions that influence it? How does the projection of EU power differ between its enlargement policy and the European Neighbourhood policy? To answer these questions this volume brings together a wide range of case studies, based on different approaches and methods, but with a single analytical focus on ‘performance’. The book’s coverage and focus will be of interest to academics, practitioners and students interested in the EU, CEECs, pre- and post-enlargement studies and more widely to those interested in the international relations and the governance of wider Eastern Europe.
The chapters of this book were originally published as a special issue of East European Politics.
1. Assessing the performance of the European Union in Central and Eastern Europe and in its neighbourhood Dimitris Papadimitriou, Dorina Baltag and Neculai-Cristian Surubaru 2. The transformative power of Europe” beyond enlargement: the EU’s performance in promoting democracy in its neighbourhood Tanja A. Börzel and Bidzina Lebanidze 3. “Veni, vidi,… vici?” EU performance and two faces of conditionality towards Ukraine Olga Burlyuk and Natalia Shapovalova 4. EU normative performance: a critical theory perspective on the EU’s response to the massacre in Andijon, Uzbekistan Giselle Bosse 5. Between arbitrary outcomes and impeded process: the performance of EU Twinning projects in the EU’s Eastern neighbourhood Stefan Roch 6. The more the merrier? Assessing the impact of enlargement on EU performance in energy and climate change policies Pierre Bocquillon and Tomas Maltby 7. Revisiting the role of domestic politics: politicisation and European Cohesion Policy performance in Central and Eastern Europe Neculai-Cristian Surubaru 8. From ambitious goals to improper fit: hybrid performance of Phare pre-accession programme for civil society development in Bulgaria Dessislava Hristova