The Dynamics of EU Enlargement in American Perspective

John A. Scherpereel

in The State of the European Union Vol. 7

Published in print August 2005 | ISBN: 9780199283958
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603297 | DOI:
The Dynamics of EU Enlargement in American Perspective

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The territorial expansion of the USA provides an interesting comparative vantage point for the recent and on-going enlargement of the European Union. Incumbents and prospective members on both sides of the Atlantic have faced similarly fundamental questions: Who are ‘we’? (When) should we apply for membership? (When) should we admit applicants? What are the normative, institutional, and policy implications of expansion? In light of the US experience, this chapter examines the European pathways to membership, decisions to expand, and power asymmetries.

Keywords: enlargement; acquis communautaire; membership; identity; power; Turkey

Chapter.  9440 words. 

Subjects: European Union

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