EU Enlargement; Western Balkans; Rule of Law; Conditionality
Zhelyazkova Asya, Damjanovski Ivan, Nechev Zoran, Schimmelfennig Frank (2019), European Union Conditionality in the Western Balkans: External Incentives and Europeanisation, in Keil Soeren, Dzankic Jelena, Kmezic Marko (ed.), Springer International Publishing, Cham, 15-37.
Schimmelfennig Frank, Sedelmeier Ulrich (2019), The Europeanization of Eastern Europe: the external incentives model revisited, in Journal of European Public Policy
Schimmelfennig Frank, Matlak Michal, Wozniakowski Tomasz (ed.) (2018), Europeanization Revisited: Central and Eastern Europe in the European Union.
, European University Institute, Florence.
Presova Denis, Damjanovski Ivan, Nechev Zoran (2017), The Effectiveness of the `European model` of Judicial Independence in the Western Balkans: Judicial Councils as a Solution or a New Cause of Concern for Judicial Reforms (CLEER Papers 2017/1)
, Asser Institute, Den Haag.
Trauner Florian, Nechev Zoran, The Western Balkans: Decreasing EU External Leverage Meets Increasing Domestic Reform Needs, in Ripoll Servent Ariadna, Trauner Florian (ed.), Routledge, London.
The research project will provide a comparative assessment of the effects of the European Union’s conditionality strategy and instruments towards core countries of the Western Balkans in the crucial issue area of the rule of law. The project will track the effects of changes in the EU's conditionality instruments in three countries (Croatia, Macedonia, and Serbia) and on 22 rule of law issues covered in two EU negotiations chapters (23 and 24). In doing so, the project fills a gap in the empirical literature on "Europeanization" and tests, updates, and improves explanatory models of conditionality developed for the 2004/2007 enlargement; this is its major scientific contribution. In addition, the project examines the effectiveness of EU conditionality in a key area for the success of democratic transition and for the accession to EU membership; this is its major contribution to policy evaluation. A joint research project in the SCOPES framework enables us to bring together the theoretical and methodological expertise in Europeanization research in the European Politics research group at ETH Zurich and the issue expertise and local knowledge of researchers in Macedonia and Serbia.