Title: Entrapped Again: The Way to EU Membership Negotiations with Turkey (PDF 3.6MB)

Author(s): Frank Schimmelfennig

Paper number and date: WP 08-08, July 2008

Abstract: The membership of Turkey is one of the most controversial external relations issues of the EU. In a comparison of four instances of decision-making on accession negotiations with Turkey between 1997 and 2006, this paper explains why and under which conditions Turkey has progressed on the way to EU membership in spite of persistent and increasing divergence of membership preferences. In line with the entrapment hypothesis of normative institutionalism, the analysis shows that Turkey and its supporters within the EU have been able to overcome the opposition to its membership bid to the extent that Turkey followed the fundamental norms of the EU.

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