Power Politics and Integration into Western Institutions: The Placement of Embassies for Romania and Bulgaria

Journal of Southern Europe and the Balkans, Vol. 10, No. 1, pp. 1-14, 2008

22 Pages Posted: 18 Nov 2008 Last revised: 26 Sep 2014

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Craig Webster

Ball State University

Stanislav Hristov Ivanov

Varna University of Management (VUM); Zangador

Date Written: November 8, 2008

Abstract

Romania and Bulgaria joined the European Union in January 2007 and they share many characteristics. In this work, we will investigate the placement of embassies for the two countries to determine if the placement of embassies seems to be influences by the desire to integrate into Western European institutions or is largely interested in realist concerns. In this analysis, the authors perform logistical regressions on the placement of embassies for 168 countries. The findings illustrate that there is little reason to believe that Romania and Bulgaria have allocated embassies based upon the need to integrate themselves politically into the EU and NATO. The evidence seems to indicate that both countries allocate embassies based upon realist principles and still have embassies in countries as an artifact of their Communist legacies.

Keywords: Embassies, power, EU, NATO, econometrics, integration, Bulgaria, Romania

Suggested Citation

Webster, Craig and Ivanov, Stanislav Hristov, Power Politics and Integration into Western Institutions: The Placement of Embassies for Romania and Bulgaria (November 8, 2008). Journal of Southern Europe and the Balkans, Vol. 10, No. 1, pp. 1-14, 2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1298077

Craig Webster

Ball State University ( email )

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Stanislav Hristov Ivanov (Contact Author)

Varna University of Management (VUM) ( email )

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Zangador ( email )

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