|Author (Person)||Brücker, Herbert|
|Series Title||Journal of European Integration|
|Series Details||Vol.26, No.1, March 2004, p3-23|
|Publication Date||March 2004|
|Content Type||Journal | Series | Blog|
This paper discusses the eastward enlargement process of the EU in the framework of a simple 'war of attrition' bargaining game. Both players - the existing EU members and the applicants - benefit from enlargement, yet for the applicants, reform to the acquis is costly, while the EU prefers substantially reformed candidates. A waiting game unfolds. Within this framework the present enlargement round is analysed and policy results are deduced. For example, it is shown that delegating the evaluation of applicants to a third party, compensating applicants for their reform efforts or increasing the benefits for new members are all effective negotiation strategies for the EU that have been applied in the process.
|Subject Categories||Politics and International Relations|
|Countries / Regions||Eastern Europe|