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Overestimating Conditionality

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This chapter presents logic of conditionality to explain its overwhelming popularity and the principle's 'official' history in the context of the Union's desire, especially, to promote its key values, thus going beyond the mere insistence on the replication of endlessly long technical rules. It discusses the flaws plaguing the actual application of the principle in the context of big-bang enlargement to the East. The chapter concludes with a word of caution: relying too much on the conditionality rhetoric without actually boasting any evidence as to its effectiveness is not the right way to go. The conclusion restates the initial simple point: one should be very careful in judging the effectiveness of the principle, particularly so, in the context of self-congratulatory rhetoric of EU's institutions. The practical application of political conditionality does not withstand any criticism, should one try to see a functioning principle of law in this practice.

Keywords: big-bang enlargement; conditionality rhetoric; EU's institutions; logic of conditionality; overestimating conditionality; practical application; principle's official history



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