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9 JEMIE 1 (2010)

handle is hein.journals/jemie2010 and id is 1 raw text is: N a                 Journal on Ethnopolitics and Minority Issues in Europe
on    JEM    IE     Vol 9, No 1, 2010, 1-25
Jour onEt-opo- tiCand  Original text received: 04.11.2010
t, l      nEurope   Final version received: 02.12.2010
Copyright © ECMI 2010
This article is located at: http://ecmi.de/jemie/2010/l/Slobodchikoff.pdf
The New European Union:
Integration as a Means of Norm Diffusion
Michael 0. Slobodchikoff *
University of Arizona, USA
Although European shared norms can be identified through the Copenhagen
Criteria, few scholars have examined what methods the European Union
employs to ensure norm diffusion. This study examines the impact of EU norm
diffusion on both member and candidate states. The European Union faces two
different situations when it seeks to diffuse norms: targeting candidate states to
ensure the adoption of shared European norms or targeting member states to
ensure the adoption of specific norms. This paper argues that by utilizing the
accession process, the European Union is actually better able to influence
candidate states that wish to become members than current member states.
Keywords: EU Member States, Integration, Norm diffusion, EU expansion,
Enlargement
Although European shared norms can be identified through the Copenhagen Criteria,
few scholars have examined what methods the European Union employs to ensure
norm diffusion. This study examines the impact of EU norm diffusion on both
member and candidate states. The European Union faces two different situations
when it seeks to diffuse norms: targeting candidate states to ensure the adoption of
shared European norms or targeting member states to ensure the adoption of specific
norms. I argue that by utilizing the accession process, the European Union is actually
better able to influence candidate states that wish to become members than current
* I would like to thank Paulette Kurzer for comments on an earlier draft of this paper.
I would also like to thank the anonymous reviewers of this paper. Michael 0.
Slobodchikoff, Email: slobodcm@email.arizona.edu. University of Arizona, School
of Government and Public Policy, Tucson, USA.

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