The push-pull balance in the EU's democratic conditionality and its deterioration

Usul A. R.

ULUSLARARASI ILISKILER-INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, vol.5, no.17, pp.105-126, 2008 (SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 5 Issue: 17
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.105-126
  • Anadolu University Affiliated: No


It is possible to argue that there exists a push-pull balance in the EU's democratic conditionality that the EU has been applying since the South European states applied for membership and/or association agreement. This article argue that this push-pull balance in conditionality has created the dynamics that could transform candidate states; and the best example that demonstrates the successful impact of the EU conditionality is the relation between the EU's Eastern enlargement, the EU's democratic conditionality and the successful transformation of political regimes in the Central and Eastern Europe. However, this study puts forward that the push-pull balance of conditionality has started to deteriorate because in particular of the enlargement fatigue in the EU. This change might diminish the impact of the EU's political conditionality in the ongoing enlargement process (Turkey, Croatia and other Western Balkan states).