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    STUDIA EUROPAEA - Issue no. 1 / 2017  


Published Online: 2017-03-15
Published Print: 2017-03-30


The present article looks at the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) through the lenses of policy analysis in order to assess the processes through which its stated goal to ‘support and foster stability, security and prosperity in the countries closest to its borders’ are transposed into practice and produce an impact on its neighbours. It proceeds from the assumption that due to the embeddedness of this policy in the enlargement policy it overstrains the institutional framework set up for this policy and leads to mixed results in its evaluation. If the focus of the entire neighbourhood policy has been recalibrated several times from its inception, its modus operandi suffered only limited alterations. This paved the way to an excessive bureaucratization of the entire policy, which impacted directly on EU’s capacity to attain its core objectives.

Keywords: European Neighbourhood Policy, external governance, democratization, bureaucratization.

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