Europe Undivided explores how the leverage of an enlarging EU has facilitated a convergence toward liberal democracy among credible future members of the EU in Central and Eastern Europe. It reveals how variations in domestic competition put democratizing states on different political trajectories after 1989, and illuminates the changing dynamics of the relationship between the EU and candidate states from 1989 to accession, and beyond. Albeit not by design, the most powerful and successful tool of EU foreign policy has turned out to be EU enlargement--and this book helps us to understand why, and how, it works.
`In this important study, Vachudova develops an original and compelling analysis of how variations in domestic competition and changes in EU leverage combined to shape postcommunist political and economic pathways in East Central Europe.'
Valerie Bunce, Professor and Chair of Government, Aaron Binenkorb Chair of International Studies, Cornell University
`This book is by far the most comprehensive attempt to bring the growing literatures on transition and enlargement together an effort that will with no doubt be appreciated by most scholars working on these topics. I can enthusiastically recommend a thorough reading of this monograph, not only because of its empirical research, but also because of its theoretical framework.'
Political Studies Review
`A scrupulous, clearly organized, and highly informative analysis of one of the great success stories of our time. Vachudova combines the methods of comparative politics and international relations to explore the very direct connections between political change in Central and Eastern Europe and the influence of the European Union over the fifteen years from the velvet revolutions of 1989 to the eastward enlargement of the EU in 2004.'
Timothy Garton Ash, Professor of European Studies, University of Oxford, and Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University
1: Political Competition and the Reform Trajectories of Postcommunist States
2: Liberal and Illiberal Democracy After Communism
3: The Passive Leverage of the European Union
4: The Impact of Passive Leverage: EU Relations with Liberal and Illiberal States 1989-1994
5: The Active Leverage of the European Union
6: The Impact of Active Leverage I: Making Political Systems More Competitive 1994-1998
7: The Impact of Active Leverage II: Shaping Reform of the State and the Economy 1994-2004
8: The Enlargement Endgame and the Future of an Enlarged EU
Number Of Pages: 360
Published: 1st February 2005
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88
Weight (kg): 0.55