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The Other Side of European Integration: Effects of EU Accession Process on the non EU-regulated Policy Areas in Central and Eastern Europe. The Case of Bulgaria

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  • Dessislava Gavrilova

    (Center for Arts and Culture, Central European University Budapest)

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Based on the case of the recent EU entrant Bulgaria, this paper investigates the effects of the accession process and the procedures it involves on the way policy priorities are set in the candidate countries. It establishes an EU-invoked twist in the way politicians what the key problems to address are. The fact that the EU regulates certain policy areas and leaves others on the discretion of the national governments has an un-intended negative effect on the attention paid to non-EU regulated areas which risk non-reform, and on the quality of democratic governance and policy making.

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  • Dessislava Gavrilova, 2008. "The Other Side of European Integration: Effects of EU Accession Process on the non EU-regulated Policy Areas in Central and Eastern Europe. The Case of Bulgaria," European Political Economy Review, European Political Economy Infrastructure Consortium, vol. 8(Spring), pages 68-96.
  • Handle: RePEc:epe:journl:v:8:y:2008:i:spring:p:68-96
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    European integration; Central and Eastern Europe; rule transfer; policy making; side effects of EU accession;

    JEL classification:

    • F50 - International Economics - - International Relations, National Security, and International Political Economy - - - General
    • F53 - International Economics - - International Relations, National Security, and International Political Economy - - - International Agreements and Observance; International Organizations

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