Reluctant Donors? The Europeanization of International Development Policies in the New Member States

16 Pages Posted: 20 Oct 2014

Date Written: November 2014

Abstract

The European Union (EU) played an instrumental role in re‐starting the international development policies in central and eastern European Member States, but questions remain about how far this policy area has been Europeanized since accession. Focusing on the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia, this article investigates why the new donors have been reluctant to adopt the EU's development acquis more fully. The article traces the socialization processes offered by the EU's development policy rule‐making and subsequent national rule implementation. The conclusions reveal three reasons why socialization has been weak: perceptions among the new Member States on the procedural legitimacy of the development acquis; low domestic resonance with the development acquis; and inconsistencies in the activities of norm entrepreneurs. The article contributes to our understanding of development policy in the EU – particularly how decision‐making takes place within the Council and its working groups post‐enlargement.

Suggested Citation

Szent‐Iványi, Balázs and Lightfoot, Simon, Reluctant Donors? The Europeanization of International Development Policies in the New Member States (November 2014). JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies, Vol. 52, Issue 6, pp. 1257-1272, 2014. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2512003 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jcms.12141

Balázs Szent‐Iványi

University of Leeds ( email )

Leeds, LS2 9JT
United Kingdom

Simon Lightfoot

Liverpool John Moores University ( email )

Rodney Street
Liverpool, Merseyside L1 5UX
United Kingdom

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