Transformative Power of Europe

18 Pages Posted: 10 Feb 2014

Date Written: January 1, 2014


Why has the EU succeeded in promoting democracy in the new member states but failed in promoting good governance? This essay seeks to answer this question first by distinguishing governance from political regimes, and second by exploring to what extent national governance — which is defined as the set of formal and informal institutions that determine who gets what in a given country — is susceptible to being improved by external pressure or intervention. It concludes that improving governance remains a challenge even for the democratic character of the European project.

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Mungiu-Pippidi, Alina, Transformative Power of Europe (January 1, 2014). Available at SSRN: or

Alina Mungiu-Pippidi (Contact Author)

Hertie School of Governance ( email )

Friedrichstrasse 180, Q110
Berlin, 10117

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