The European Union and the Fight Against Corruption in Its Near Abroad: Can it Make a Difference?

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Tanja A. Börzel, Yasemin Pamuk, Andreas Stahn – 2010

This article sheds light on the European Union’s (EU) efforts to facilitate the fight against corruption and promote good governance through the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP). Our analysis shows that the level of corruption in the Eastern Neighbourhood is strongly connected to the success of democratic and economic reforms. The ENP theoretically corresponds to the complex nature of the phenomenon by placing equal emphasis on strengthening state institutions, restructuring the economy, and pushing for democratic reforms. As the EU, however, by and large seeks cooperation with state actors and pursues a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach mostly based on ‘soft’ mechanisms such as socialisation and capacity-building, the implementation of politically sensitive reforms seems to be unlikely. Moreover, the EU potentially allows its partner governments to ‘pick and chose’ from the overall reform agenda and evade real political and economic change towards better governance.

Titel
The European Union and the Fight Against Corruption in Its Near Abroad: Can it Make a Difference?
Verlag
Taylor & Francis
Ort
London
Schlagwörter
Europa, Internationale Normen, Teilprojekt B2
Datum
2010
Kennung
ISSN 1744-0580
Erschienen in
Anticorruption for Eastern Europe, Special Issue of Global Crime, 11 (2), 122-144.
Sprache
eng
Art
Text