The Europeanization of national constitutions in south east Europe

Keil, S. and Nikolic, D. (2014) The Europeanization of national constitutions in south east Europe. Southeastern Europe, 38 (1). pp. 87-111. ISSN 0094-4467.

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Abstract

The Europeanization of the Western Balkans requires changes of national constitutions to adjust the countries’ supreme laws in accordance with “European Standards.” This article examines the causes, dynamics, and models of these changes in Croatia, Serbia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina based on the experiences of other EU Member States. This comparative analysis reveals not only similarities and differences in democratic transition between former and future Member States, but it also sheds light on the constitutional dimension of the EU Member State Building process. While the EU does not condition membership upon constitutional changes that go beyond the Copenhagen Criteria, it can be witnessed that the implementation of the Acquis Communautaire will lead to far-reaching changes in the political, social and economic systems of future Member States. Consequently, the European Union becomes an active counselor and participant in the process of constitutional evolution in the region.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Bosnia and Herzegovina; constitutional transition; EU Member State Building; Croatia; Serbia
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN9600 Balkan States
Divisions: pre Nov-2014 > Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences > Applied Social Sciences
Depositing User: Dr Soeren Keil
Date Deposited: 17 Dec 2014 16:28
Last Modified: 17 Dec 2014 16:28
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/12985

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