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Democratic Consolidation in Eastern Europe Volume 2: International and Transnational Factors$
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Jan Zielonka and Alex Pravda

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780199244096

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/019924409X.001.0001

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Regionalization and Democratic Consolidation

Regionalization and Democratic Consolidation

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(p.58) 2 Regionalization and Democratic Consolidation
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Democratic Consolidation in Eastern Europe Volume 2: International and Transnational Factors
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Iver B. Neumann

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/019924409X.003.0003

Presents the relationship between democracy and regionalization in Eastern Europe and discusses the following issues. Firstly, how regionalization in Eastern Europe is connected to the construction of a democratic regional community of states, namely, the European Union; and how regionalization may challenge the present state‐centric political order in Europe. Secondly, to what degree can the global democratic promise—seen in Western European regionalization—also be seen in Eastern European regionalization. The chapter emphasizes that regionalization in Eastern Europe has, so far, been a by‐product of the membership applications to the European Union.

Keywords:   democracy, Eastern Europe, European Union, membership application, regionalization, state, Western Europe

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