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Shagina, Maria

Joining a Prestigious Club


Cooperation with Europarties and Its Impact on Party Development in Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine 2004–2015



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Vorwort von Kataryna Wolczuk

SPPS 172

Brussels’s idea of a “wider Europe” implies that Europeanisation is not limited to EU member states. The EU can, so it claims, also exert impact beyond its borders. One of the channels of external EU influence is cooperation between Europarties and parties outside the Union. Through mutual visits and joint activities, non-EU parties become internationally socialised, i.e., are exposed to the Europarties’ norms as well as values, and experience the rules as well as practices that shape European party-building.
What are the incentives for Europarties and non-EU parties to cooperate with each other? What kind of, and how much, impact did cooperation have on party development in post-Soviet Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine? Based on eighty interviews with party officials, international donors and academics, Maria Shagina outlines the set of motivations that trigger cooperation between Europarties and non-EU parties, analyses the impact of cooperation on party ideology, organisational structure, and inter-party behaviour in Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine, and explores the implications of this cooperation on the standardisation, consolidation, and democratisation of the non-EU party systems. 
Her findings shed light on how prestige and domestic factors impede the penetration of EU norms and values in the non-EU party structures, and point to the failures of Europarties to adequately address problems of party-development in Eastern Europe. The book reveals the ways in which cooperation with Europarties has paradoxically contributed to the ossification of the status quo and impaired the development as well as the consolidation of democracy in the three Eastern Partnership states.

264 Seiten, Paperback. 2017
ISBN 978-3-8382-1084-1
ISSN 1614-3515


Die Autorin:

Dr. Maria Shagina studied political science at the Universities of Lucerne, Zurich, and Birmingham as a fellow of the Swiss National Science Foundation. Her articles have appeared in the Central European University Political Science Journal, the open access journal Euxeinos: Governance and Culture in the Black Sea Region, and in the UNISCI Discussion Papers series.


Die Vorwortautorin:

Dr. Kataryna Wolczuk is Professor of East European at the Centre for Russian, Euopean and Eurasian Studies, University of Birmingham.



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"Joining a Prestigious Club is a thoroughly researched and forensic study of the Europarties’ role in Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine, and shows how the Europarties remain important mechanisms of socialisation despite their lack of obvious leverage. This is an enthralling and complex study that is a must for scholars of EU integration and Eastern European Politics."

Dr. Luke March, Senior Lecturer at University of Edinburgh, Deputy Director of the Dashkova Centre


"An important and pioneering analysis of the rapprochement between Europarties and political parties in Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine. It breaks new ground by offering the first comparative analysis of these interactions and by offering a careful conceptualisation of their different levels and potential effects."
Prof. Sandra Lavenex, University of Geneva, Vice-Dean of the School of Social Sciences




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