Assessing accession: power, influence and representation—central and eastern Europe in the EU

Butler, E. (2014) Assessing accession: power, influence and representation—central and eastern Europe in the EU. Europe-Asia Studies, 66(3), pp. 353-358. (doi:10.1080/09668136.2014.893953)

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This collection of essays reflects the behaviour of new member states within the EU, and specifically their moves to represent national interest and obtain influence at the EU level. It includes some of the research papers that were presented at network events. In doing so it seeks to offer a snapshot of what researchers have identified about the new member states' influence and interest representation strategies within the EU since they joined. The various essays reflect different points in time over the past ten years but together build a picture of how the CEE countries have developed as players within the intergovernmental bargaining arena of the EU. The articles highlight how the CEE countries have not always been completely successful in directing their policy preferences to the top of the agenda, but they also recognise and illustrate that there are occasions where the CEE countries have shown that they will not be silent partners and that as member states their voice should be heard and listened to. Without doubt the CEE countries experienced a steep learning curve in terms of negotiating and engaging with the diplomatic culture surrounding the policy making processes in the EU, but in the ten years since they first entered the union they have shown that they do have ambition when it comes to power, influence and representation of their interests.

Item Type:Articles (Editorial)
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Butler McIntosh, Dr Eamonn
Authors: Butler, E.
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HX Socialism. Communism. Anarchism
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Central and East European Studies
Research Group:Assessing Accession: Central & Eastern Europe in the EU
Journal Name:Europe-Asia Studies
Publisher:Taylor and Francis
ISSN (Online):1465-3427

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