The book examines the outcomes of the fifth enlargement of the EU through the case of Bulgaria, an example of an accession state that has exhibited many of the difficulties inherent in reforms of transition and democratization in South-East Europe. The analysis focuses on the instance of EU-Europeanization prior to the state's accession into the EU. This allows for a coherent investigation of the effects of transformation that emanate from the preparation of the country for accession into a supranational union that has its own legal framework andmarket economic rules, promoting deep forms ofintegration. Theanalysis investigates the change at domestic level in the variables that the process of Europeanization impacts on: public institutions,policies and actors' cognition. To present the full range of outcomes, the analysis takes stock of changes in three areas of the acquis communautaire: (1) reforms of the rule of law, (2) industrial restructuring and (3) public procurement policy. The analysis of the rule of law demonstrates that path-dependent patterns are by and large preserved.
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September 03, 2008
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