Revisiting the “Europeanization” of Central and Eastern Europe

New book co-edited by Tomasz Woźniakowski focuses on EU integration in the region.

A new book co-edited by Hertie School post-doctoral researcher Tomasz Woźniakowski focuses on the integration of Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries since European Union enlargement in 2004 and 2007. The book, Europeanization revisted: Central and Eastern Europe in the European Union, was published by the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies of the European University Institute in Florence.

Eastern enlargement marked the largest intake of new member states in the history of the EU, but accession was also a watershed for the CEE countries. The authors explore their extensive “Europeanization” since accession – a process of EU-driven change of their political and economic systems. They ask how the Europeanization of CEE evolved and how this played out in the politics and the economies of the region.

In the introduction, the editors provide a conceptual and theoretical framework for the contributions and give an overview of their findings. The book presents the idea of Europeanization and reflects on its changing nature after Eastern enlargement, arguing that the conflation of Europeanization as process and outcome, which was defensible in the CEE accession period, needs to be reconsidered.

The ebook is available for download