The European Union's enlargement has been considered a success
story - apart from Cyprus and Turkey. This book looks at the EU's
expansion and examines its effectiveness in terms of international
socialization and compliance, focussing specifically on the
socialization of Turkey and Cyprus into the Western community.
Although NATO-member Turkey submitted its membership application
long before the end of the Cold War, the Kemalist state still
struggles to become the first Muslim EU member state. Cyprus was
allowed to join the organization in 2004, but the island remains a
Providing a comprehensive theoretical perspective, the book is
divided into three parts and investigates three questions:
- Why expand? From an EU / international organizations
- Why join? From an applicants' perspective.
- Why comply? Exploring why a state would choose to adapt to the
EU's fundamental norms and rules from a candidates'
Contradicting the impression that the latest round of EU
enlargement has been a model story of smooth and effective
socialization from top to bottom, this book will be of interest to
students and scholars of the EU, European politics, international
relations and particularly those interested in Turkey and
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