EU expansion and the political economy of former communist states' accession: the case of Hungary's 'convergence'

Barnes, Ian and Randerson, Claire (2007) EU expansion and the political economy of former communist states' accession: the case of Hungary's 'convergence'. Capital & Class. Special issue: the Left and Europe, 93 . pp. 179-197. ISSN 0309-8168

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Abstract

This article examines attempts by the European Union
to promote the convergence of the central and eastern
European states, and looks at two instruments used in
its pursuit: the conditionality requirements for
membership of the EU, and the convergence criteria
for membership of economic and monetary union.
Using Hungary as an example, it demonstrates that
there are times at which these instruments are effective;
but at other times, they are undermined by the more
pressing need to address domestic political priorities.
It concludes that in the longer term, the need to comply
with the convergence agenda is likely to take
precedence.

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Additional Information:This article examines attempts by the European Union to promote the convergence of the central and eastern European states, and looks at two instruments used in its pursuit: the conditionality requirements for membership of the EU, and the convergence criteria for membership of economic and monetary union. Using Hungary as an example, it demonstrates that there are times at which these instruments are effective; but at other times, they are undermined by the more pressing need to address domestic political priorities. It concludes that in the longer term, the need to comply with the convergence agenda is likely to take precedence.
Keywords:European Union
Subjects:L Social studies > L241 European Union Politics
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Social & Political Sciences
ID Code:1242
Deposited By: Bev Jones
Deposited On:28 Sep 2007
Last Modified:13 Mar 2013 08:25

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