Koen Slootmaeckers
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Europeanisation as negotiated transitions
Towards a relational and transnational approach to EU enlargement
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Based on the observation that the EU enlargement process has undergone fundamental changes to highlight to increasingly focus on promoting human rights and democratic values to candidate states, the chapter argues that updated theoretical and conceptual tools are needed to analyse the process. The chapter first reconceptualises Europeanisation via enlargement as a process of negotiated transformation in which EU policies and norms are (re)defined, negotiated and transformed with both sides making compromises to further political integration. Next, the chapter presents the theoretical framework that allows for a more critical analysis of the civilizational politics embedded in the EU enlargement process that goes beyond institutional changes to include an analysis of transnational configurations of politics and the complex (negotiated) outcomes they produce. It argues that a relational and transnational approach to Europeanisation has multiple advantages over existing theories. These advantages relate to 1) the logic of relationality which helps to overcome the duality between the logics of consequences and appropriateness, 2) the formulation of outcomes-in-process which recognise feedback loops within the process, 3) the relationality of policy fields, and 4) the recognition of the transnational nature of policy fields which allows for analyse new phenomena such as tactical Europeanisation. The chapter finishes with an analytical framework which draws on the existing empirical findings and the new theory to develop a typology of outcomes-in-process that can inform empirical analyses into the Europeanisation of values and norms.

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