EU Funds in the New Member States

  • Christian Hagemann
Part of the Palgrave Studies in European Union Politics book series (PSEUP)


This chapter gives an overview of the contents of the book and its structure. It introduces the puzzle of absorption problems in Central and Eastern Europe, discusses potential explanations for these problems, and then highlights the approach of analysis. After briefly introducing the main themes of party politicization and patronage, pre-accession reforms, and financial and economic crisis, it gives a brief summary of the framework for analysis and of the following chapters.


Absorption problems Central and eastern europe Party politicization and patronage Pre-accession reforms Financial and economic crisis 


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  • Christian Hagemann
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  1. 1.Technical University MunichMunichGermany

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