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Kaloyan Haralampiev and Georgi Dimitrov


This article proposes a novel two-level instrument for analytically robust distinction of typological differences in the area of rule of law (ROL) among the European countries. The first level of analysis uses the EC’s first anti-corruption report data for a cumulative calculation of the country’s rank of anti-corruption potential. This procedure is repeated on a higher level of aggregation, wherein the EC’s anti-corruption ranking is combined with the rankings of the World Press Freedom and Rule of Law Indices. Thus, the authors create a database for the second level quantitative instrument, which is a variation of cluster analysis. The stable clusters obtained do not coincide with conventional blocks of countries that figure in the academic literature. The instrument for the measurement of the ROL ranking could be even more important for the assessment of the advancement of the candidate-states toward their full compliance with the EU ROL standards.

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Sandra Häbel

, policy networks tend to be limited to their sectoral boundaries and, consequently, include members from other networks only seldomly. In light of EU policy-making procedures, some aspects need to be considered that have an impact on shaping policy

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Cues for Integration

Foreign Policy Beliefs and German Parliamentarians’ Support for European Integration

A. Burcu Bayram

left parties. Their support for integration declines, however, as eu policy making becomes more focused on redistribution, environmental protection, and market regulation. Second, as parties move away from the center, they become less supportive of

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Policy coherence for development and migration

Analyzing US and EU policies through the lens of normative transformation

Harlan Koff

, Spain and Greece were criticized for being “Europe’s soft underbelly” (Koff, 2008, p. 10). The 2015–2016 migration/refugee crisis has demonstrated that EU policy-making in migration affairs has not evolved significantly, and it has not sufficiently