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The State of the European UnionRisks, Reform, Resistance, and Revival$
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Maria Green Cowles and Michael Smith

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198297574

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198297572.001.0001

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Eastern Enlargement: Risk, Rationality, and Role‐Compliance

Eastern Enlargement: Risk, Rationality, and Role‐Compliance

(p.164) 9 Eastern Enlargement: Risk, Rationality, and Role‐Compliance
The State of the European Union

Ulrich Sedelmeier

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the EU’s policy towards Central and Eastern European countries (CEECs). It argues that the EU’s collective identity includes the notion of a ‘special responsibility’ towards CEECs. It involves purely self-interested behaviour by policymakers acting on behalf of the EU, and prescribes a degree of accommodation for CEECs’ preferences in EU policy. This component of collective identity limits the range of available policy options by precluding certain options as inappropriate, and reinforcing the legitimacy of others.

Keywords:   European Union, Central and Eastern European countries, collective identity, enlargement, policymaking

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