5 July 2012
History Does Not Move in a Straight Line
This paper discusses the launching of the European Neighborhood Policy (ENP) as a model for regional integration. The author points out that the ENP may not have an impressive transformative impact in any directly observable manner, comparable to the introduction of new member states from Central and Eastern Europe. The conditionality mechanisms are only a faint derivative, with incentives insufficient to drive the politics of the neighboring states. Still, he argues, it seems that a certain socialization process is at work.
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