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Books on Southeast Europe

Southeast European Politics Online

Volume VI, Number 2, November 2005

Stretching Concepts Too Far? Multi-Level Governance, Policy Transfer and the Politics of Scale in South East Europe
Paul StuBBS

This paper suggests that the literature on multi-level governance, dominated by Western European and U.S. writers and research settings, suffers from methodological and epistemological limitations. The concept, when refracted through the lens of lived political experiences in South East Europe, appears in serious need of revision and refinement. The paper goes on to argue that both notions of policy transfer and of the complex politics of scale of interventions in time, place and space, need to be added in order to complement the basic multi-level governance concept. Only in this way is it possible to capture something of the complexity of modes of governance in South East Europe.

The EUís post-Conflict Intervention in Bosnia and  Herzegovina: (re)Integrating the Balkans and/or (re)Inventing the EU?

ANA E. Juncos

Despite the often-cited ďfiascoĒ of the EU during the Yugoslavian wars, the EUís later interventions in the Balkans, particularly in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), may have served as a scenario to foster the emergence of an EU whose international identity is that of a regional normative power. The EUís intervention in BiH, supported by significant economic assistance and using military instruments, has proved essential to endorsing the institutional-building process currently taking place in BiH. This article explores the consequences of the EUís continued activities, both for BiH and the EU itself. It argues that a parallel process has taken place in the last decade facilitating the (re)integration of BiH in the European mainstream and the (re)invention of the EU as a regional normative power, aiming to promote regional cooperation, human rights, democracy and rule of law. But these developments have not occurred without problems, which this article also addresses.

The Road to Europe I: Development of the Rule of Law in Hungary and Bulgaria after 1989. The Case of Human Rights

This article examines changes in the rule of law in two post-communist countries: Hungary and Bulgaria, in relation to their bid to join the European Union. I concentrate on human rights issues. First, the article considers the impact of policy legacies on the feasibility of domestic change. Second, I propose that a rationalist perspective focusing on the elitesí strategic behavior explains some of the observed change, but cannot account fully for the extent of compliance (or lack thereof) with international human rights standards. Third, I find Ďdomestic resonanceí with human rights norms to be an effective supplementary mechanism.

The Road to Europe II: When Will the Next Enlargement Occur?

Structured in three parts, this paper attempts to provide a broader perspective on the systemic change which occurred in Romania after the fall of communism and in conjunction with the ongoing European Accession process. The political developments before 1989 are discussed in the first part of the paper in order to provide a better understanding of the existing political climate. The second part of the paper is focused on the exit mode from totalitarianism and its consequences. The last part explains the possible future directions of development.

Karen Henderson (ed.), The Area of Freedom, Security and Justice in the Enlarged Europe. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005, xix + 174pp., 45 GBP,  ISBN 140393522X.
Reviewed by Lara Scarpitta

David L. Phillips, Unsilencing the Past. Track Two Diplomacy and Turkish Armenian Reconciliation. New York, Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2005. 160pp., 39.95 USD, ISBN 1-84545-007-8 (hardcover)
Reviewed by Ana Dinescu

Milada Anna Vachudova,  Europe Undivided. Democracy, Leverage and Integration after Communism. Oxford: Oxford University press, 2005,  xii +  314pp., 20GBP, ISBN 0-19-924119-8 (paperback).
Reviewed by Lara Scarpitta 

David Turnock (ed.), Foreign Direct Investment and Regional Development in East Central Europe and the Former Soviet Union. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2005. 361 pp. 99.95 USD, ISBN 0-7546-3248-2 (hardcover).
Reviewed by Aneta Borislava Spendzharova


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