EU-Serbia Relations in a Historical Context. The Role of Normative Factors and Political Conditionality in Serbia’s European Integration Process

Nina Markovic – ANU Centre for European Studies

 Monday 16 June 2014 11.00am – 12.30pm

A conventional approach to the study of EU enlargement is to examine a candidate state’s performance against the strict accession criteria within the framework of political conditionality. This dissertation focuses on the role of normative factors in that complex and inherently social process called European integration. In her research on diplomatic relations between the European Union and Serbia/former Yugoslavia, Ms Markovic has found that mainstream national discourses, informal institutions and collective memory have all had a significant influence on Serbia’s adoption of EU standards. Serbia’s case study shows that the quality of bilateral relations between a candidate state and individual EU members is a major consideration of the accession process, surpassing in importance any formal requirement of political conditionality. Solidarity with the EU on common policies, social trust and how a candidate state sees its role in global politics are, equally, important determinants of whether the candidate would be ‘suitable’ for membership in Europe’s most exclusive club, the EU.

Nina Markovic is a PhD candidate in Political Science at the ANU Centre for European Studies. In 2011-12 Ms Markovic obtained a six-month Erasmus Mundus scholarship to undertake further research at LUISS University in Rome. She holds a combined Master degree from the ANU in Arts (International Relations) and Diplomacy, with a final thesis on “Challenges to democracy building in post-Communist Europe after the Cold War”.

 Venue: ANU Centre for European Studies, 1 Liversidge Street (Bldg 67C), Canberra

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