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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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Enlargement: A Complex Juggling Act

Enlargement: A Complex Juggling Act

(p.186) 10 Enlargement: A Complex Juggling Act
The State of the European Union

Lykke Friis

Anna Murphy

Oxford University Press

Enlargement has required the EU to juggle four main challenges: the difficulties of integration, policy and functioning repercussions of enlargement, managing the order of accession to the EU, and the need for stronger policies towards non-member neighbours. This chapter presents a conceptual framework which combines governance theory with the concept of boundaries to explain this juggling act. It argues that this juggling act can only be sustained in the short term, and will come under pressure in the medium term.

Keywords:   European Union, enlargement, integration, governance theory, concept of boundaries

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