Between politics and administration: compliance with EU Law in Central and Eastern Europe

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Between politics and administration: compliance with EU Law in Central and Eastern Europe

Type: Doctoral Thesis
Title: Between politics and administration: compliance with EU Law in Central and Eastern Europe
Author: Toshkov, Dimiter Doychinov
Publisher: Department of Public Administration, Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences, Leiden University
Issue Date: 2009-03-25
Keywords: European Union
Policy implementation
Central and Eastern Europe
Transposition
EU politics
Decision making
Abstract: Countries that wish to join the European Union (EU) need to implement all existing EU laws before they are admitted as full members. Since the body of EU law comprises more than 80 000 pages and more than 2 000 directives, the adoption of EU law is a truly formidable task for any government. How have the eight countries from Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) that joined the EU in 2004 coped with this requirement of the enlargement process? Surprisingly, this thesis reveals that these post-communist states have been quite successful in adopting the EU directives. Moreover, there is interesting variation in the performance of the new member states with some countries, like Lithuania, doing particularly well, while other, like the Czech Republic, having more problems than average. The thesis argues that the general success of the process of legal adaptation to EU laws in CEE can be largely explained by the conditionality of the enl argement process (EU entry is only possible if and when the condition of implementing the EU rules is fulfilled). Combing statistical methods and case studies in three policy fields (electronic communications, nature protection, and social policy), the thesis concludes that the varying implementation performance in different countries and policy sectors can be explained by reference to the CEE governments’ level of support for the process of European integration, their administrative capacities and the threat of financial sanctions for non-implementation of the EU rules after accession.
Description: Promotor: B. Steunenberg, Co-promotor: A. Dimitrova
With Summary in Dutch
Faculty: Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen
Citation: Toshkov, D.D., 2009, Doctoral Thesis, Leiden University
ISBN: 9789090240749
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/13701
 

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