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The Europeanisation of the Western Balkans

A Failure of EU Conditionality?

  • Jelena Džankić
  • Soeren Keil
  • Marko Kmezić
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Part of the New Perspectives on South-East Europe book series (NPSE)

About this book

Introduction

This volume casts a fresh look on how the political spaces of the Western Balkan states (Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, Kosovo, Macedonia and Albania) are shaped, governed and transformed during the EU accession process. The contributors argue that EU conditionality in the Western Balkans does not work ‘effectively’ in terms of social change because rule transfer remains a ‘contested’ business, due to veto-players on the ground and strong legacies of the past. The volume examines specific policy areas, salient in the enlargement process and to a different degree incorporated in the accession criteria, as well as EU foreign policy in the spheres of post-conflict stabilisation, democratization and the rule of law promotion.

Jelena Džankić is Research Fellow and Coordinator of the Global Citizenship Observatory (GLOBALCIT) at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies at the European University Institute (EUI), Italy.

Soeren Keil is Reader in Politics and International Relations at Canterbury Christ Church University in Kent, UK. 

Marko Kmezić is Assistant Professor at the Centre for Southeast European Studies at the University of Graz, Austria.

Keywords

Europeanisation European Union (EU) member states Western Balkans social change constructivist institutionalist approach policy strategy EU foreign policy post-conflict stabilisation democratization rule of law promotion

Editors and affiliations

  • Jelena Džankić
    • 1
  • Soeren Keil
    • 2
  • Marko Kmezić
    • 3
  1. 1.Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced StudiesEuropean University InstituteSan Domenico di FiesoleItaly
  2. 2.School of Psychology, Politics and SociologyCanterbury Christ Church UniversityCanterburyUK
  3. 3.Centre for Southeast European StudiesUniversity of GrazGrazAustria

About the editors

Jelena Džankić is Research Fellow and Coordinator of the Global Citizenship Observatory (GLOBALCIT) at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies at the European University Institute (EUI), Italy.

Soeren Keil is Reader in Politics and International Relations at Canterbury Christ Church University in Kent, UK. 

Marko Kmezić is Assistant Professor at the Centre for Southeast European Studies at the University of Graz, Austria.


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Reviews

“In this groundbreaking and exemplary study, Dzankic, Keil and Kmezic explain how the political spaces of the Western Balkan states are shaped, governed and transformed during the EU accession process. When membership criteria are clear, if the same criteria are applied to all applicants, if they are strictly but fairly monitored, if the findings are transparently communicated, and if there is no doubt that the reward will come once conditions are met - EU conditionality works well. Recent positive developments in Albania and Macedonia give hope that conditionality works in the WB, at last. Theoretically innovative and empirically rich, this book offers a comprehensive and comparative study of EU’s enlargement policy in the Western Balkans and helps understand the limits of the EU’s transformative power.” (Pierre Mirel, DG Enlargement and Lecturer at Sciences Politiques Paris, France)

“The Western Balkans has posed a challenge to understanding of processes of Europeanisation. The complex range of issues that have shaped the region, not least of all the legacy of the conflicts of the 1990s, has made the process of European integration in the region very different from earlier cases of enlargement. This book explores these new dynamics. By providing a valuable array of thematic case studies that go beyond the traditional country-centred approaches, it will enhance wider scholarly debates on Europeanisation.” (James Ker-Lindsay, Senior Visiting Fellow, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK)