Which is the Only Game in Town? Minority Rights Issues in Estonia and Slovakia During and after EU Accession: Perspectives on European Politics and Society

T. Agarin, A. Regelmann

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Abstract

Post-communist transition went hand in hand with the European integration process. Much of the literature on EU accession focuses on the rational decision to implement a set of European norms into domestic legislation pre-accession. It is often concluded that once EU membership is achieved, states succumb their rationality and act on the basis of internalised norms. The paper claims that the past literature overlooks the wider framework within which policy-makers operate before and after the accession, namely domestic sovereignty over policy-making and implementation. Tracing the policy dynamics in the area of minority rights in Estonia and Slovakia, we demonstrate that the European integration ushered greater domestic control over policy implementation on minority issues in two states exposed to a heavy dose of conditionality. As we observe, both states have consolidated their state- and nation-building policies referencing EU conditionality in the course of accession and later EU membership to assert centrality of domestic objectives for policy-making and implementation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)443-461
Number of pages19
JournalPerspectives on European Politics and Society
Volume13
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01 Dec 2012

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