In 2004 the European Union and NATO each added ten new member states, most from the post-communist countries of Eastern and Central Europe. In order to prepare for membership, these countries had to make many thousands of institutional and legal adjustments. Indeed, they often tried to modernize in just a few years, implementing practices that evolved over many decades in Western Europe. This book emphasizes the way that policy elites in Central and Eastern Europe often 'ordered from the menu' of established Western practices. When did this emulation of Western practices succeed and when did it result in a fiasco? Professor Jacoby examines empirical cases in agriculture, regional policy, consumer protection, health care, civilian control of the military, and military professionalism from Hungary, the Czech Republic, Poland, Bulgaria, and the Ukraine. The book addresses debates in institutionalist theory, including conditionality, Europeanization, and external influences on democratic and market transitions.
• Very up to date summary of EU and NATO expansion (through Thessaloniki European Council and war in Iraq) • Only book focused on Central Europe's efforts to emulate institutions, rules, and practices in Western Europe • Links Central Europe's emulation to the three most popular strands of institutionalist theory (rational, historical, and sociological)
Introduction: ordering from the menu in Central Europe; 1. The new institutionalisms and theories of emulation; 2. Emulation as rapid modernization: health care and consumer protection; 3. Emulation under pressure: regional policy and agriculture; 4. The struggle for civilian control; 5. Military professionalization in war and peace; 6. Using theory to illuminate the cases; 7. Theoretical syntheses; 8. Conclusions and extensions.
'Jacoby's book offers a deep and unique insight'. Steve Schwarzer, European Societies
'Mixing thoughtful analysis and detail with great aplomb the publication of Jacoby's book is very much to be welcomed.' Slavonic & East European Review