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A case of partial convergence: the Europeanization of central government in Central and Eastern Europe

Meyer-Sahling, Jan-Hinrik; Van Stolk, Christian

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Christian Van Stolk



Abstract

This article compares the Europeanization of central government in four Central and Eastern European countries (CEECs): Estonia, Latvia, Poland, and Slovakia. Using a largeNsurvey of ministerial civil servants, it finds that the Europeanization of central government is characterized by partial convergence. The scope of Europeanization is large and similar among CEECs, reaching widely and deeply into government ministries. Moreover, patterns of Europeanization are similar among CEECs: the same ministries form the ‘inner core’ and ‘outer circle’ of Europeanized ministries; only a small proportion of civil servants work full-time on EU issues and routinely engage in activities that ‘project’ national policies at EU level. Compared to old member states, patterns of Europeanization show signs of convergence, while the scope of Europeanization is larger in CEECs.

Citation

Meyer-Sahling, J., & Van Stolk, C. (2015). A case of partial convergence: the Europeanization of central government in Central and Eastern Europe. Public Administration, 93(1), doi:10.1111/padm.12122

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date May 24, 2014
Online Publication Date Sep 26, 2014
Publication Date Mar 5, 2015
Deposit Date Aug 8, 2016
Publicly Available Date Aug 8, 2016
Journal Public Administration
Print ISSN 0033-3298
Electronic ISSN 0033-3298
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Volume 93
Issue 1
DOI https://doi.org/10.1111/padm.12122
Public URL http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/35759
Publisher URL http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/padm.12122/abstract
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0
Additional Information This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: MEYER-SAHLING, J.-H. and VAN STOLK, C. (2015), A CASE OF PARTIAL CONVERGENCE: THE EUROPEANIZATION OF CENTRAL GOVERNMENT IN CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE. Public Admin, 93: 230–247. doi:10.1111/padm.12122, which has been published in final form at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/padm.12122/abstract. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.

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