Reluctant Donors? The Europeanization of International Development Policies in the New Members

Szent-Iványi, Balázs and Lightfoot, Simon (2014) Reluctant Donors? The Europeanization of International Development Policies in the New Members. JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies . DOI 10.1111/jcms.12141

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The EU played an instrumental role re-starting the international development policies in Central and Eastern European member states, but questions remain about how far this policy area has been Europeanized since accession. Focusing on the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia, the paper investigates why the new donors have been reluctant to adopt the EU’s development acquis more fully. The paper traces the process of the EU’s development policy rulemaking and subsequent national rule implementation to understand the socialization opportunities these processes offer. The conclusions reveal thrre reasons why socialization has been weak: (1) perceptions among the new member states on the development acquis’ procedural legitimacy; (2) low domestic resonance with the development acquis; and (3) inconsistencies in the activities of norm entrepreneurs. The paper contributes to our understanding of development policy in the EU, in particular how decision making takes place within the Council and its Working Groups post enlargement.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:new member states, international development cooperation, foreign aid, Europeanization, socialization
Divisions:Faculty of Economics > Department of World Economy
Subjects:Economic development
International relations
Funders:EU’s Marie Curie program
ID Code:1477
Deposited By: Ádám Hoffmann
Deposited On:06 Mar 2014 14:37
Last Modified:06 Mar 2014 14:38

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