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Pursuing domestic policy preferences under EU conditionality : reflecting on the Europeanisation process in Serbia and North Macedonia

Hut, D. J. (2020) Pursuing domestic policy preferences under EU conditionality : reflecting on the Europeanisation process in Serbia and North Macedonia.

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Abstract:This thesis has focussed on the domestic EU policy adoption interests of the Western Balkan States, more specifically, Serbia and North Macedonia. Considering the role of the domestic policy interests of Serbia and North Macedonia, the following research question was formulated: To what extent do domestic policy preferences explain how Serbia and North Macedonia have adjusted to the political conditions of the European Union’s Copenhagen Criteria? The initial data collection methods that would have been used were expert interviews and document analysis. However, due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus, no expert interviews were conducted. As an alternative, this thesis has extensively focussed on the document analysis as the main data collection method. The researcher has, therefore, performed an extensive document analysis. Considering the theoretical foundation of this thesis, the work of Schimmelfennig and Sedlemeier (2005) was consulted. From the theory of Schimmelfennig and Sedelmeier, this thesis used the ‘external incentives model’ and the ‘social-learning model’ to explore the domestic accession interests of Serbia and North Macedonia. The research findings revealed that the domestic policy adoption incentives of Serbia correspond mostly with the external incentives model, whereas the lesson-drawing model best explained why North Macedonia has adopted EU policies.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:88 social and public administration, 89 political science
Programme:European Studies MSc (69303)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/81575
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