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Europeanization, EU conditionality, and governance quality: Empirical evidence on Central and Eastern European countries

Europeanization, EU conditionality, and governance quality: Empirical evidence on Central and Eastern European countries

Ugur, Mehmet (2013) Europeanization, EU conditionality, and governance quality: Empirical evidence on Central and Eastern European countries. International Studies Quarterly, 57 (1). pp. 41-51. ISSN 0020-8833 (Print), 1468-2478 (Online) (doi:10.1111/isqu.12035)

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Abstract

A large body of work within the Europeanization and conditionality literature has examined EU’s effect on governance quality in Central and Eastern European countries (CEECs). This article aims to contribute to existing work by addressing two questions. First, was EU’s accession conditionality conducive to better governance in CEECs or was it designed to pick up already committed reformers? Secondly, during which period was the EU more influential on governance quality in CEECs: accession or membership? To address these questions, we propose a simple model of moral hazard and adverse selection, and draw on survey-based governance quality data to test its predictions. We report that the EU has offered candidate status to countries that already had better governance quality relative to their peers before 1997. Nonetheless, EU conditionality also had some positive effects on CEEC governance during the accession period, but this effect tended to disappear during the membership period. On the basis of these findings, we argue that EU’s impact on governance quality in CEECs has to be examined in conjunction with path dependence and therefore the perceived risk of ‘backsliding’ requires more detailed analysis.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: [1] First published online: 20 December 2012. [2] Published in print: March 2013. [3] Issue published online: 25 March 2013. [4] Published as: International Studies Quarterly, (2013), Vol. 57, (1), pp. 41–51. [4] International Studies Quarterly is the official journal of the International Studies Association and published on its behalf by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Uncontrolled Keywords: governance, quality, Europeanization, EU conditionality, Central and Eastern Europe
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Pre-2014 Departments: School of Business
School of Business > Greenwich Political Economy Research Centre (GPERC) > Centre for Economic Performance, Governance & Regulation (CEPGR)
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Last Modified: 26 Oct 2016 10:05
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/6958

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