Exporting EU Liberalism Eastwards

Lynn Tesser


There is much more to liberalism in the post communist context than has been acknowledged.  A sizeable effort has indeed emerged to transplant a relatively coherent liberal ideology to the region, one exported not merely through the conditionality of international financial institutions, but also through the conditionality and socialization of organizations like the NATO, OSCE, EU, and the Council of Europe.  ‘EU liberalism’ includes the ‘standard’ liberal emphasis on individual rights, the rule of law, constitutional democracy, freedom, and market economics as well as support for minority rights, and a seemingly schizophrenic emphasis on economic integration that involves, first bringing down borders for the free movement of people, goods, capital, and services between member states, and second, market regulation to diminish the social downsides of capitalism.  This paper outlines EU liberalism’s emergence and its application to Central and East European countries.


liberalism; liberal ideology; European Union; EU accession; Eastern Europe; conditionality; democratization; marketization; minority rights; postcommunism; postsocialism

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.21533/epiphany.v2i1.19


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