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REE 385 • Eastern Enlargement Of The Eu
F 1100am-200pm UTC 4.114
Introduction into post-communist transformation and Eastern enlargement of the EU. Topics: historical pre-conditions (main features of Communist order; collapse of the Soviet empire, legacies of the Communist past); post-communist transformation (political and economic agenda; reform strategies and results; domestic factors and the role of the EU); process and outcomes of Eastern EU enlargement (conditionality and stages of accession; logic of accession negotiations; institutional and political context; convergences and divergences in the new EU-27). Attention will also be devoted to major strategic and theoretical debates on both transformation (radicalism vs. gradualism; institutionalist vs. culturalist approaches) and EU enlargement (sequencing of deepening integration and enlargement of the Union; approaches to Europeanization). Eventually, the impact of the recent economic crisis on new EU member states will be examined.
Collins, Randall/ Waller, David (1992): What Theories Predicted the State Breakdowns and Revolutions of the Soviet Bloc? In: Louis Kriesberg (ed.): Research in Social Movements, Conflicts and Change. Vol. 14, 31-47
Crawford, Beverly / Lijphart, Arend (eds.) (1997): Liberalization and Leninist Legacies. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press
Jowitt, Ken (1992): New World Disorder. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press
Schimmelfennig, Frank / Sedelmeier, Ulrich (eds.) (2005): The Europeanization of Central and Eastern Europe. Ithaca/London.
Schimmelfennig, F. / Sedelmeier, Ulrich (eds.) (2009): The Politics of European Union Enlargement: Theoretical Approaches. Tailor & Francis.
Beyer, Jürgen / Wielgohs, Jan / Wiesenthal, Helmut (eds.) (2001): Successful Transitions. Baden-Baden: Nomos
Requirements and Grading
One 15 page research paper: 50 %
Two group presentations (10 minutes): 20 % each
In-class peer review activities on these presentations: 10 %