Lost in Europeanisation: The Western Balkans and Turkey

G. Noutcheva*, S. Aydin-Düzgit

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)59-78
JournalWest European Politics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2012

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