|Author (Person)||Aydin Düzgit, Senem, Noutcheva, Gergana|
|Series Title||West European Politics|
|Series Details||Vol.35, No.1, January 2012, p59-78|
|Publication Date||January 2012|
|Content Type||Journal | Series | Blog|
The article analyses the EU's impact on the rule of law in the Western Balkans and Turkey. It enquires into the reasons behind the patchy record of rule-of-law reforms in Turkey, Croatia and Albania by examining judicial reforms in response to the EU accession requirements. It argues that a credible EU accession perspective and an adequate degree of state capacity are necessary but not sufficient conditions for explaining the fluctuations in the rule-of-law standards in EU accession countries. The genuine, partial or non-alignment of the ruling elites' domestic incentives with the EU incentives is a key determinant of rule-of-law trends in the Western Balkans and Turkey.
|Countries / Regions||Southeastern Europe, Turkey|