Theoretical Perspectives on European Enlargement and Democratisation

  • Geoffrey Pridham


It has for long been held that European integration facilitates, encourages and promotes democratic consolidation in countries engaging with it and undergoing regime change. This belief is widely held in EU institutions and among governments and parties of member states as well as among political and economic elites in states seeking admission to the EU. It is particularly evident in the political rhetoric of leaders on both sides. And, there is a historical pattern behind such a view.


European Union Regime Change Domestic Politics Accession Country Democratic Consolidation 
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  • Geoffrey Pridham
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  1. 1.University of BristolUK

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