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Cyprus and the onset of Europeanization: strategic usage, structural transformation and institutional adaptation

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This article analyzes the EU's impact on Cyprus during its 'pre-accession' phase. The processes of Europeanization are considered in terms of the structural transformation of state-economy relations (in which 'empowerment' is diffuse and differentiated among domestic actors); and the adaptation of the state administration (to the demands of coordination; readjustment of competencies). Across a range of domestic reforms, EU pressure has been crucial to its pace, if not also its content. With the exception of the events of 1974, the stimulus from the EU represents the most far-reaching transformation of Cypriot society in four decades of independence. Europeanization also plays a major role in the discourse of key actors on foreign policy (where the EU is seen as a vital foreign policy lever). Yet the high expectations of the EU to 'unblock' relations with Turkey poses important strategic risks for the EU should it fail to deliver.

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http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/22070/

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