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Embracing European Law : Compliance with EU Directives in Central and Eastern Europe

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Toshkov, Dimiter

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Abstract Accession to the European Union (EU) demands the adoption of a vast body of legislation. This paper analyses compliance with EU directives in eight post-communist countries during the Eastern enlargement and tries to account for the puzzling embrace of EU law in Central and Eastern Europe. Drawing on a new data set tracking the transposition of a sample of 119 directives, the paper finds effects of both political preferences and government capacity on the likelihood of timely transposition. Furthermore, important sectoral differences are uncovered, with trade-related legislation having a better chance and environmental legislation having a significantly worse chance of being incorporated into national legal systems on time. Beyond the conditionality of the accession process, the paper unveils a complex causal structure behind the ups and downs in transposition performance.
Keywords implementation
Classification Political System, Constitution, Government; European Politics
Free Keywords Central and Eastern Europe; compliance; Enlargement; transposition;
Document language English
Publication Year 2008
Page/Pages p. 379-402
Journal European Union Politics, 9 (2008) 3
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)