Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
In this dissertation I argue that established EU member states slow down accession of Eastern European members because they do not consider them suitable for a western-style liberal democracy due to the pronounced presence of specific factors related to ethnicity and geography in the region. I evaluate EU enlargement on wave-by-wave basis and conclude that the major concern with accessing Eastern Europe is Russia’s increased political influence in the region.
White, Diana Petrova, "The Impact of Geography and Ethnicity on EU Enlargement:New Evidence from the Accession of Eastern Europe." Dissertation, Georgia State University, 2017.