Sweden & Poland Entering the EU
Comparative Patterns of Adaptive Organization & Cognition

By Niklas Eklund
December 2005
Monograph Series, No. 49
Umea University
ISBN: 9173058939
248 pages, Illustrated, 6 ½” x 9 ½”
$89.50 Paper Original

This is a Ph.D. dissertation. This thesis is a comparative study of how elites in Sweden and Poland approach and make sense of EU membership. It begins with the observation that the public debates in several EU member countries are becoming increasingly politicized around a dichotomy, i.e. enthusiasm and skepticism vis-à-vis European integration.

Whereas a lot of research in this field covers the characteristics of the European integration process itself, fewer studies focus upon the cognitive complexity involved in national strategic policy choices. The aim of this thesis is to explore, compare and contrast the organizational and cognitive aspects of how Sweden and Poland entered the EU and thereby to contribute to an understanding of how national policymakers in Europe believe that national and supernational integration can work together.

Contents include:
Figures and Tables
Understanding European Integration
Conceptual and Methodological Applications
Sweden: The Governmental Organization for EU Adaption (ROFE)
Poland: The Governmental Organization for EU Adaption (UKIE)
Framing Swedish Adaption the EU
Framing Polish Adaption to the EU
Comparative Organizational and Cognitive Patterns
Appendix 1
Appendix 2
Appendix 3

Political Science

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