Eastern Enlargement: Risk, Rationality, and Role‐Compliance

Ulrich Sedelmeier

in The State of the European Union

Published in print December 2000 | ISBN: 9780198297574
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598982 | DOI:
Eastern Enlargement: Risk, Rationality, and Role‐Compliance

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This chapter examines the EU’s policy towards Central and Eastern European countries (CEECs). It argues that the EU’s collective identity includes the notion of a ‘special responsibility’ towards CEECs. It involves purely self-interested behaviour by policymakers acting on behalf of the EU, and prescribes a degree of accommodation for CEECs’ preferences in EU policy. This component of collective identity limits the range of available policy options by precluding certain options as inappropriate, and reinforcing the legitimacy of others.

Keywords: European Union; Central and Eastern European countries; collective identity; enlargement; policymaking

Chapter.  9233 words. 

Subjects: European Union

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