The European Union and the Baltic States: Changing forms of governance

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-09-17
  • Publisher: Routledge

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This book explores how the Baltic States have adapted to, and been embedded in, a wider European environment and how they have become modern European states. It focuses on changes in the policies, politics and administrative practices that have taken place after 1991 in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, and on the influence of rules and ideas in the European Union. The authors investigate the meeting between national traditions, rule-making and practices on the one hand; and traditions, rule-making and practices connected to the European Union on the other. Drawing on organization theory, and the image of states as complex and fragmented organizations, this book discusses: The forms of governance that are directed towards states, differentiating between regulative, inquisitive and meditative activities. The logic of appropriateness and the scriptedness of states. To what extent do the states have to follow the rules, and to what extent are they able to do what they want themselves? Adaptation processes in the state organizations. This book examines how European integration prompts and accelerates new forms of governance in Europe; it will be of interest to students and scholars of politics, the European Union and the Baltic states.

Table of Contents

List of contributorsp. ix
Forewordp. xi
Prefacep. xii
List of abbreviationsp. xiii
Scripted states and changes in governancep. 1
Europeanization and organization theoryp. 21
Rituals of inquisition: European Commission monitoring of accession processesp. 38
Governance through meditation: EU twinning in Lithuaniap. 59
Opening up for change: modernizing public administration in the Baltic statesp. 81
Europeanization of labor market policy-making in the Baltic statesp. 98
The choice of parliamentary EU scrutiny mechanisms in the new member statesp. 121
Scripted parties: the case of Estonian social democracyp. 143
Soft powers (in a community of the willing)p. 163
Bibliographyp. 174
Indexp. 187
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