Contributions to Political Science

Democracy and Judicial Reforms in South-East Europe

Between the EU and the Legacies of the Past

Authors: Dallara, Cristina

  • Analyzes judicial reforms in post-communist countries in the context of the EU accession process
  • Applies theoretical approaches from policy analysis, European studies and democratization studies
  • Focuses on the actors of judicial reforms instead of looking only at the outcomes
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The book analyzes the topic of judicial reforms in four countries of South-East Europe, focusing on two specific factors that have influenced the reforms in the past two decades: the role played by the European Union in light of the east Enlargement process and the legacies of the communist regimes. Specifically, the aim is to account for similarities and differences in the reform paths of Slovenia, Romania, Croatia, and Serbia. In each country, in fact, the influence of the EU policies has been differently mediated by national factors that, broadly conceived, may be considered as expressing the legacies of the past regimes. In some cases, these legacies challenged judicial reforms and inhibited the influence of the EU; in other cases, they were positively overcome by following the route suggested by the EU. Some explanatory factors for these differences will be proposed drawing from democratization studies, Europeanization literature, and comparative judicial systems.

The book focuses on countries having different status vis-a` -vis the EU and differently involved, in term of timing, in the EU accession process: some of them are new member states entered in 2004 (Slovenia) or in 2007 (Romania); others were, until recently, acceding countries (Croatia) or candidates to the membership (Serbia). This comparison allows investigation of the power of EU conditionality in different phases of the EU enlargement process.

vis-a` -vis the EU and differently involved, in term of timing, in the EU accession process: some of them are new member states entered in 2004 (Slovenia) or in 2007 (Romania); others were, until recently, acceding countries (Croatia) or candidates to the membership (Serbia). This comparison allows investigation of the power of EU conditionality in different phases of the EU enlargement process.

About the authors

Cristina Dallara is permanent researcher in Political Science at the Research Institute on Judicial Systems of the National Research Council (IRSIG-CNR) in Bologna. In 2006, she held a PhD in Political Science at the University of Florence and later on, a biannual post-doc fellowship from the University of Bologna. In 2011-2012, she was Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute of Florence. Her research interests relate to public policies, public administration, judicial and anti-corruption policies, EU enlargement and democratization. She was also involved as expert by the Council of Europe and OSCE in studies for the evaluation quality of justice and judicial independence in transitional countries. From 2009 to 2012 she was in the Board of coordinators of the EU Life Long Learning funded project “Menu for Justice”.

Table of contents (5 chapters)

  • Judicial Reforms in SEE Democratising Countries. Towards a Contextualized Framework for the Analysis

    Dallara, Cristina

    Pages 1-30

  • Smoother Judicial Reforms in Slovenia and Croatia: Does the Legacy of the Past Matter?

    Dallara, Cristina

    Pages 31-55

  • The Successful Laggard in Judicial Reform: Romania Before and After the Accession

    Dallara, Cristina

    Pages 57-80

  • The Long and Disputed Judicial Reform Process in Serbia: Legacies of the Past and Predominant National Actors

    Dallara, Cristina

    Pages 81-106

  • EU-Driven Judicial Reforms: Any Lessons Learned?

    Dallara, Cristina

    Pages 107-124

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Hardcover $129.00
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Softcover $129.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-37821-3
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Democracy and Judicial Reforms in South-East Europe
Book Subtitle
Between the EU and the Legacies of the Past
Authors
Series Title
Contributions to Political Science
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-04420-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-04420-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-04419-4
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-37821-3
Series ISSN
2198-7289
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXVI, 124
Number of Illustrations and Tables
1 b/w illustrations
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