Romania and The European Union

From Marginalisation to Membership?

By Dimitris Papadimitriou, David Phinnemore

© 2008 – Routledge

208 pages

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About the Book

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:

  • the impact of integration on the consolidation of democracy in Romania;
  • the country’s economic development, in accordance with the EU’s Copenhagen criterion - the need for acceding states to possess a ‘functioning market economy’;
  • the process of macroeconomic reform;
  • the reform of its public administration;
  • the country’s efforts in implementing the EU’s acquis in the areas of justice and home affairs –a focal point in the accession negotiations given Romania’s geographical location, and its vulnerability as a major transit point for illegal migration and trafficking into the EU – and securing its external borders;
  • the EU’s role in promoting reform as well as the limits of EU influence
  • the obstacles Romania has had to overcome in meeting the demanding pre-requisites of accession to the EU.

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.

Table of Contents

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

About the Authors

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).

About the Series

Europe and the Nation State

This series explores the complex relationship between nation-states and European integration and the political, social, economic and policy implications of this interaction. The series examines issues such as:

  • the impact of the EU on the politics and policy-making of the nation-state and vice-versa
  • the effects of expansion of the EU on individual nation states in Europe
  • the relationship between the EU and non-European nation states.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POL000000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / General
POL011000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
POL020000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Government / State & Provincial
POL023000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Economic Conditions