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EU enlargement- "Why were some of the CEEC countries included in the enlargement of 2004 and 2007, despite shortcomings, whereas some of the candidate countries were left out?"

Meyer, Marcus (2012) EU enlargement- "Why were some of the CEEC countries included in the enlargement of 2004 and 2007, despite shortcomings, whereas some of the candidate countries were left out?".

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Abstract:The following study will examine the conditions for a successful admission to the European Union by examining the countries that joined the EU in 2004 and 2007 and the current candidate countries of the Union. By posing the question “Why were some of the CEEC countries included in the enlargement of 2004 and 2007, despite shortcomings, whereas some of the candidate countries were left out?” this study is aimed at examining the determinacy of identified conditions for EU enlargement. Namely, the European Union is imposing compliance factors on the candidate countries by means of reinforcement by reward to meet the core values of the Union. Once the conditionality criteria are fulfilled, the candidate countries are rewarded with accession to the Union. However, the question can be posed whether these conditions are actually fulfilled by those countries that joined the Union in the 2004/2007 enlargement. A qualitative comparative analysis (QCA) will be used to assess the conditions by means of various indexes. By using indexes on democracy, development, economic freedom and human rights, one could analyze patterns of country’s performances and whether accession was the logical consequence of positive performance on these conditions. In a second step, an in-depth case study on the deviant cases will be used to examine the countries shortcomings. The research design is, therefore, a mixed-method design with a QCA analysis in the first phase and a follow-up, comparative case study in the second part. This follow-up case study itself will be a dynamic, comparative case-study design in which the causes for the relatively low success of the deviating countries in fulfilling the conditions will be examined and the reasons why some of these countries were admitted regardless of their shortcomings. The data used will be secondary data, which are mainly stemming from various indexes for the QCA and additional qualitative data for the followup case study.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:88 social and public administration
Programme:European Studies BSc (56627)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/61774
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