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EU expansion and the political economy of former communist states' accession: the case of Hungary's 'convergence'

By Ian Barnes and Claire Randerson


This article examines attempts by the European Union\ud to promote the convergence of the central and eastern\ud European states, and looks at two instruments used in\ud its pursuit: the conditionality requirements for\ud membership of the EU, and the convergence criteria\ud for membership of economic and monetary union.\ud Using Hungary as an example, it demonstrates that\ud there are times at which these instruments are effective;\ud but at other times, they are undermined by the more\ud pressing need to address domestic political priorities.\ud It concludes that in the longer term, the need to comply\ud with the convergence agenda is likely to take\ud precedence

Topics: L241 European Union Politics
Year: 2007
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