To adopt or not to adopt. Explaining selective rule transfer under the European Neighbourhood Policy

Casier, Tom (2011) To adopt or not to adopt. Explaining selective rule transfer under the European Neighbourhood Policy. Journal of European Integration, 33 (1). pp. 37-53. ISSN 10.1080/07036337.2010.526709. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

The dominant explanation for limited rule transfer under the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) is its weak incentive structure, in particular the absence of a membership perspective. However, a certain rule transfer has occurred, albeit in a strikingly selective and uneven way. This article formulates an alternative model for explaining the variance in rule transfer under the ENP. Refuting conditionality and asymmetrical interdependence as having insufficient explanatory value, rule transfer is explained on the basis of three interrelated factors. First, the usefulness of ENP provisions for domestic agendas. Secondly, the process of active legitimacy-seeking with the EU, driven by the subjective perception of accession prospects. Thirdly, the institutional design of the ENP itself, in particular its differentiated approach and lack of finality, which give the policy a strong political character.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: J Political Science
J Political Science > JZ International relations
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
Depositing User: Tom Casier
Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2011 10:42
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2011 11:18
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/26213 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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