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Collective identity formation in the process of EU enlargement; Defeating the inclusive paradigm of a European democracy?


  • Zdzisław Mach
  • Grzegorz Pożarlik


AbstractIn our analysis we argue that the EU eastern enlargement did not result in significant change of predominantly ethnos based collective identity in the new EU countries. Consequently, we argue that, the EU eastern enlargement has, by and large, been understood by citizens of new EU countries as primarily a process of economic adjustment to the common market standards with limited impact on political dimension of European integration, i.e. finalite politque of the EU institutional design or, more generally, the model of future democratic order in Europe. The main conclusion that could be drawn from the analysis of dynamics of collective identity formation in the context of the EU enlargement is that the inclusive paradigm of European democracy which constituted the identitarian foundation of European integration process since the establishment of first European Communities turned out to be self-defeating in the context of the EU eastern enlargement at least in short term perspective.

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  • Zdzisław Mach & Grzegorz Pożarlik, 2008. "Collective identity formation in the process of EU enlargement; Defeating the inclusive paradigm of a European democracy?," RECON Online Working Papers Series 14, RECON.
  • Handle: RePEc:erp:reconx:p0033

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    European identity; democracy; post-Communism; enlargement;

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