The Community Trap: Liberal Norms, Rhetorical Action, and the Eastern Enlargement of the European Union

  title={The Community Trap: Liberal Norms, Rhetorical Action, and the Eastern Enlargement of the European Union},
  author={Frank Schimmelfennig},
  journal={International Organization},
  pages={47 - 80}
  • F. Schimmelfennig
  • Published 1 December 2001
  • Political Science
  • International Organization
The decision of the European Union to expand to Central and Eastern Europe is a puzzle for rationalist intergovernmentalism. This approach to the study of European integration accounts for most of the preferences of the state actors and many characteristics of the intergovernmental bargaining process but fails to explain why it resulted in the opening of accession negotiations. I introduce the mechanism of rhetorical action in order to show how the supporters of enlargement succeeded in… 
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