The Enlarged European Union: Unity and Diversity

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The European Union will be a much more diversified entity after the forthcoming eastward enlargement. This collection of essays seeks to examine the origin, nature, scale and implications of this divergence. How much divergence is likely to be imported by the Union and will it hamper the process of European integration? The book looks at differences and similarities in the fields of macro-economics, welfare systems, democracy, institutional infrastructure, civic orientations and popular culture. The book shows that the map of convergence and divergence in the future EU will be very complex and will not correspond exactly with the old East-West divide. The book shows, in particular, that certain types of divergence can be beneficial rather than merely detrimental to the process of European integration.
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There are large and significant structural differences between the Western European nations and the Eastern European countries that are likely to be included in the expanded European Union. Mair (comparative politics, Leiden U., the Netherlands) and Zielonka (political science, European U. Institute, Italy) present nine papers that attempt to assess continuing political and economic divergence and investigate the implications. Contributors examine culture and national identity, democracy and nationalism in post-communist Europe, the integration of Eastern European markets, possibilities of retaining some social welfare in the face of liberalization, and related topics. Distributed in the US by ISBS. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780714652870
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 5/28/2002
  • Pages: 204
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Diversity and Adaptation in the Enlarged European Union 1
Eastward Enlargement of the European Union and the Identity of Europe 19
Culture and National Identity: 'The East' and European Integration 55
Discomforts of Victory: Democracy, Liberal Values and Nationalism in Post-Communist Europe 81
Making Institutions in Central and Eastern Europe, and the Impact of Europe 101
Making Markets and Eastern Enlargement: Diverging Convergence? 121
Health not Wealth: Enlarging the EMU 141
The Welfare State in Transition Economies and Accession to the EU 152
Approaching the EU and Reaching the US? Rival Narratives on Transforming Welfare Regimes in East-Central Europe 175
Abstracts 205
Notes on Contributors 210
Index 213
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