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In May 2004, ten former communist states in Central and Eastern Europe acceded to the European Union.
This book examines the Eastern expansion of the EU through a tripartite structure, developing an empirical, conceptual and institutional analysis to provide a rounded and substantive account of EU enlargement, with new theoretical insights.
The author explores:
· Why the EU decided to expand its membership?
· What factors drove this process forward?
· How the institutional environment of the EU influenced enlargement outcomes? In this context the author considers the role of the European Council, Commission and Parliament.
This important volume will of very strong interest to students and scholars of European politics and European Union studies.