1st Edition

The Politics of European Union Enlargement Theoretical Approaches

Edited By Frank Schimmelfennig, Ulrich Sedelmeier Copyright 2005
    316 Pages
    by Routledge

    318 Pages
    by Routledge

    This is a key reference text presenting the latest first-rate approaches to the study of European enlargement.

    Developed and significantly expanded from a special issue of the leading Journal of European Public Policy, this new volume draws on the insights from the recently emerging theoretically-informed literature on the EU's eastern enlargement and complements these studies with original articles that combine a theoretical approach with comparative analyses.

    These expert contributors focus on the broader theoretical debates and their implications for the enlargement of the EU, as well as placing the enlargement of the EU within the broader context of the expansion of international organisations and the study of institutions in international relations.

    List of tables and figures

    Note on contributors

    Preface and acknowledgements

    Part I Introduction

    1 The politics of EU enlargement: theoretical and comparative perspectives

    Frank Schimmelfennig and Ulrich Sedelmeier

    Part II The Politics of Accession in Applicant Countries

    2 Scandinavia and Switzerland: small, successful and stubborn towards the EU

    Sieglinde Gstöhl

    3 The demand-side politics of EU enlargement: democracy and the application for EU membership

    Walter Mattli and Thomas Plümper

    4 The struggle over EU enlargement: a historical materialist analysis of European integration

    Andreas Bieler

    Part III The Macro-Politics of Enlargement

    5 Constructing institutional interests: EU and NATO enlargement

    Karin M. Fierke and Antje Wiener

    6 Eastern enlargement: risk, rationality, and role-compliance

    Ulrich Sedelmeier

    7 The community trap: liberal norms, rhetorical action and the eastern enlargement of the European Union

    Frank Schimmelfennig

    8 Liberal community and enlargement: an event history analysis

    Frank Schimmelfennig

    9 Preferences, power, and equilibrium: the causes and consequences of EU enlargement

    Andrew Moravcsik and Milada Vachudova

    10 Geopolitics and the eastern enlargement of the European Union

    Lars Skålnes

    Part IV The Substantive Politics of Enlargement

    11 Sectoral dynamics of EU enlargement: advocacy, access, and alliances in a composite policy

    Ulrich Sedelmeier

    12 Institutions, policy communities, and enlargement: British, Spanish and Central European accession negotiations in the agricultural sector

    Lorena Ruano

    Part V Theory, Enlargement and European Integration

    13 Deepening and widening integration theory

    Markus Jachtenfuchs

    14 Enlarging the European Union: reflections on the challenge of analysis

    Helen Wallace


    Frank Schimmelfennig, Ulrich Sedelmeier

    ‘It was certainly high time for a book that identifies the most important novel trends in the study of how this new Europe came about.’ - West European Politics, Vol. 29