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Britain’s policy towards the EU’s enlargement process from 1975 to 2014

KAPLAN, Yilmaz (2015) Britain’s policy towards the EU’s enlargement process from 1975 to 2014. PhD thesis, University of York.

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Abstract

This thesis has examined Britain’s continuous support for the EU’s enlargement process in the period from 1975 to 2014 utilising a Liberal Intergovernmentalist (LI)perspective. The research has mainly confirmed the usefulness of LI as a theory, especially its conception of national preference formation and its two-level depiction of the EU decision-making process. However, the findings below also highlight some challenges for LI. Enlargement has continually proved to be a complex issue, which significantly constrains the ability of governments (including successive British governments) to make decisions about it using a rational, cost-benefit analysis. LI gets around this problem by arguing that in such cases of complexity, national policy-makers may fall back on ideological or geopolitical preferences and arguments for enlargement, and the evidence from the case studies below, confirm this point. But this ‘multi-causal’ approach also appears to both undermine LI’s parsimony as a theory, and to raise questions whether it is, in fact, capable of anything more than a ‘thick description’.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Keywords: Britain, European Union, enlargement,Liberal Intergovernmentalism
Academic Units: The University of York > Politics (York)
Identification Number/EthosID: uk.bl.ethos.675091
Depositing User: Mr Yilmaz KAPLAN
Date Deposited: 23 Nov 2015 16:42
Last Modified: 24 Jul 2018 15:21
URI: http://etheses.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/10768

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