In May 2004, eight former Eastern Bloc countries joined the European Union: the three Baltic republics, Poland, Hungary, the Czech and Slovak republics, and Slovenia.
What is involved in "accession"? How have accession dynamics affected and been affected by the domestic politics of candidate countries and their adoption of EU rules? In this carefully designed volume of original essays, the editors have brought together a group of scholars with firsthand research experience in the new member-states of Central and Eastern Europe. Framed by opening and concluding chapters by Frank Schimmelfennig and Ulrich Sedelmeier that outline several aspects of preparation for accession, the empirical case studies discuss a variety of topics, including democracy and human rights, the reform of state administrations and economic, social, and environmental policies. This book demonstrates the importance of the credibility and the costs of accession conditionality for the adoption of EU rules in Central and Eastern Europe.
LILIANA B. ANDONOVA is an Assistant Professor of Government and Environmental Studies at Colby College, Waterville, Maine.
ANTOANETA L. DIMITROVA is a Lecturer at the Department of Public Administration, Leiden University, the Netherlands.
STEFAN ENGERT is a Ph.D. candidate at Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany, and a researcher at the Mannheim Center for European Social Research.
RACHEL EPSTEIN is an Assistant Professor at the Graduate School of International Studies, University of Denver, Colorado.
HEATHER GRABBE is Deputy Director of the Centre for European Reform, London, and a non-stipendiary fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford University.
ADRIENNE, HÉRITIER holds the Chair of Public Policy at the European University Institute, Florence, Italy.
WADE JACOBY is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.
HEIKO KNOBEL is a Ph.D. candidate at Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany, and a researcher at the Mannheim Center for European Social Research.
FRANK SCHIMMELFENNIG is a Fellow of the Mannheim Center for European Social Research, Germany.
GUIDO SCHWELLNUS is a Ph.D. candidate at the School of Politics and International Studies, Queen's University of Belfast, Northern Ireland, and a researcher at the Mannheim Center for European Social Research.
ULRICH SEDELMEIER is an Associate Professor of International Relations and European Studies at the Central European University, Budapest, Hungary.
BEATE SISSENICH is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Indiana University, Bloomington.