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Summer Academy 2012

In  light  of  multiple  challenges  posed  by  future  enlargements,  it  seems  necessary  to review the impact of the  EU’s democracy promotion and to understand which lessons can be learned when the EU’s conditionality is put to the test. Which lessons can we draw from the troubled contexts of the democracies in Eastern Europe and the EU’s use of conditionality in strengthening judicial reform and fighting corruption?

A  completed  EU  ‘big-bang’  enlargement  in  2004  with 8  Central  and  Eastern European countries and Romania and Bulgaria in 2007 offers a reasonable timetable and  data  to  analyze  divergent  patterns  and  domestic  responses  to  the  EU’s conditionality.  Further,  important  lessons  of  the  CEE’s  experience  with  EU’s conditionality  can  be  drawn  for  Western  Balkans  and  Turkey.  We  aim  to  analyze domestic reactions to EU’s benchmarks and how political elites choose to (or not to) comply  with  external  mechanisms  of  pressure.  At  the  center  of  the  debates  we  put the search for causal mechanisms in the interplay between external, domestic elites and domestic peculiarities.

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