THE EUROPEAN UNION AS A REFORMING POWER IN THE WESTERN BALKANS: THE CASE OF ALBANIA Cover Image

THE EUROPEAN UNION AS A REFORMING POWER IN THE WESTERN BALKANS: THE CASE OF ALBANIA
THE EUROPEAN UNION AS A REFORMING POWER IN THE WESTERN BALKANS: THE CASE OF ALBANIA

Author(s): Klodiana Beshku, Orjana Mullisi
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences, Politics, Law, Constitution, Jurisprudence, International Law, Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, Law and Transitional Justice, Political Sciences, Governance, Economic policy, Developing nations, Comparative politics, EU-Accession / EU-DEvelopment, EU-Legislation, Geopolitics
Published by: Institute for Research and European Studies - Bitola
Keywords: Albania; EU integration; enlargement; reforming power; transformative power; regional cooperation; conditionality

Summary/Abstract: This paper tries to further elaborate one of the most important external powers of the European Union: Its “reforming power” which goes in parallel with its ability as “normative actor” in the Western Balkans. Through Albania as a case study, it tries to argue that the process of Albania’s integration to EU has transformed the country in several directions: by introducing a deep juridical reform and by the full alignment of its foreign policy with CFSP and the “regional cooperation”. In fact, under the auspices of the EU integration, the country is making all the efforts to deliver on one of the most transformative reforms undertaken in the region, that of the justice system. This gives to EU the features of a “reforming power”. The term shows EU as a driving force which makes countries undertake deep reforms they would not have differently realized, if not under the conditionality for the EU integration.

  • Issue Year: IV/2018
  • Issue No: 02
  • Page Range: 40-53
  • Page Count: 14
  • Language: English