N° 3, 2001/2 – The Expansion of the European Union. Or the Construction of a Problematized Political Object

PE3The Expansion of the European Union. Or the Construction of a Problematized Political Object

edited by Sabine Saurugger, 2001/2 n°3


Sabine Saurugger – Introduction 


Ulrich Sedelmeier – Accommodation beyond self-interest: identity, policy paradigms, and the limits of a rationalist approach to EU policy towards central Europe

In order to understand why EU policy accommodates the preferences of the countries of central and eastern Europe (CEECs) to a greater extent than an account based purely on material selfish interests on the part of the EU would expect, we need to take ideational factors into account. The EUs discursively constructed collective identity towards the CEECs inclines policy-makers acting on behalf of the EU towards accommodating the CEECs preferences. However, as the EUs policy towards the CEECs is a ‘composite policy, a crucial mediating factor are the policy paradigms that underpin EU policy in the various sub-areas covered by its policy towards the CEECs.


Cécile Robert – The European Union Faced with Its Expansion to the East: Political Uncertainties and the Construction of an Administrative Leadership


Nieves Pérez-Solorzano Borragan – Organised interest in central and eastern Europe. Towards gradual europeanisation?

Recent research on the impact of the EUs Eastward Enlargement in the domestic politics of Central and Eastern Europe has focused on institutional and economic restructuring, adoption of the acquis communautaire and party politics with little attention to the implications for civil society dynamics and the development of organised interest representation. The aim of this article is to contribute to the current debate among academics and practitioners alike by offering a non-fragmented, domestic and transnational approach to the study of interest politics in the new democracies through the study of the increasingly Europeanising activity undertaken by interest groups.


Antoine Roger – Prospects for Integration into the European Union and the Formation of Party Systems in the Countries of Eastern Europe


Gilles Bertrand – The Admission of Cyprus into the European Union: Resolving the Conflict from the Bottom Up?




Georg Menz – The domestic determinants of national response strategies to EU-induced liberalization : examining the regulation of wages for posted workers in Austria and Germany

This article analyzes and compares the German and Austrian national response strategies to the liberalization of service provision in the European Union. This liberalization, brought about by efforts to create a Single Market, has enabled the transnational provision of services without initially clarifying the wage and labor conditions applicable to workers posted to other member states. The national legislative re-regulatory measures or response strategies are crucially colored by the internal configuration and relative power of labor market interest associations, i.e. unions and employers associations. The article highlights organizational deficiencies of the unions in a neocorporatist system commonly considered medium strength and contrasts and compares these with the union organization in strongly neocorporatist Austria.


Young Researchers


Laure Neumayer – The Emergence of the European Challenge in Three Candidate Countries for Integration into the European Union: Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic


Svetlozar A. Andreev – Consolidation of democracy in eastern Europe and a possible way of measuring it

The author of this article is a Bulgarian national, who is currently in the final year of his Ph. D. studies at the European University Institute in Florence. The focus of his research is the democratisation of the post-communist states of Eastern Europe, and particularly the process of consolidation of democracy, which presents a crucial phase in the evolution of the political systems of these…


Critical Reading