Enlargement: A Complex Juggling Act

Lykke Friis and Anna Murphy

in The State of the European Union

Published in print December 2000 | ISBN: 9780198297574
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598982 | DOI:
Enlargement: A Complex Juggling Act

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Enlargement has required the EU to juggle four main challenges: the difficulties of integration, policy and functioning repercussions of enlargement, managing the order of accession to the EU, and the need for stronger policies towards non-member neighbours. This chapter presents a conceptual framework which combines governance theory with the concept of boundaries to explain this juggling act. It argues that this juggling act can only be sustained in the short term, and will come under pressure in the medium term.

Keywords: European Union; enlargement; integration; governance theory; concept of boundaries

Chapter.  8463 words. 

Subjects: European Union

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