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The impact on the duration of EU accession negotiations

Häbel, Sandra (2011) The impact on the duration of EU accession negotiations.

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Abstract:In this thesis it has been analyzed why Croatia’s EU accession negotiations last longer than the negotiations with Slovakia and Romania. The stages from the association agreement to opening the accession negotiations were passed the fastest by Croatia, and therefore the assumption is made that accession negotiations are being closed the fastest. Since this, however, is not the case the question “Why does the duration of accession negotiations vary among the EU candidate countries?” will be answered. Four factors have been examined: level of compliance, the use of rhetorical action, economic development, and the uprising of a contested issue. As a result it has been found that the level of compliance and the economic development do not play an important role, whereas rhetorical action and the contested chapters provide the basis for an explanation of this difference in duration. Rhetorical action alone, however, is not the decisive factor; rather, it is combined with an overall attitude towards enlargement. Thus, the use of rhetorical action with a positive attitude from the EU towards enlargement leads to faster negotiations, whereas the use of facts and a negative attitude slows down the negotiations. Since it only came up in the results that the attitude plays a great role, further research has not been done on this. In the beginning, all four factors have been held apart, in the end it can be concluded that this attitude also might cause the long duration of negotiations of individual chapters. To conclude, rhetorical action, the attitude towards enlargement and the duration for closing individual chapters have been identified as the factors influencing the accession negotiations the most.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:83 economics
Programme:Public Administration BSc (56627)
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