The Croatian Strategy of European Integration 2000-2005

Mario Sošić
2005 Anali Hrvatskog Politološkog Društva  
In June 2000, the European Council established that Croatia fulfi lled the conditions for acquiring the status of potential candidate for membership in the European Union.Thereafter, the integration process aimed at the candidature for, and subsequent full membership in the EU has been the fundamental Croatian "governmental strategy" and foreign policy goal, developing with "diff erent speeds" and diff erent levels of success towards the fi nal expected goal. Research is focused on the identifi
more » ... sed on the identifi cation and description of actions of the major foreign and internal actors in the process (Croatian governments and the European Union), as well as on the assessment of the achieved results of their interaction in the sixyear period under observation. The empirically studied phenomenon is analysed through the theoretical approach of actor-based institutionalism and the game theory model. The result of analysis shows a comparative advantage of the management of Ivo Sanader's single-party government (2003-2005) in contrast to the coalition government of Ivica Račan (2000-2003) with respect to their achievement and level of success in managing the process of European integration.The European Union's contribution and quality of support to that process are ambiguous and complex, in keeping with its structure and politics.
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