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States under scrutiny : International organizations, transformation and the construction of progress

Dahl, Matilda, 1978- (författare)
Högskolan på Gotland, Institutionen för humaniora och samhällsvetenskap
Högskolan på Gotland Institutionen för humaniora och samhällsvetenskap. (creator_code:org_t)
Södertörns högskola Centrum för Östersjö- och Östeuropaforskning (CBEES). Baltic & East European Graduate School (BEEGS). (creator_code:org_t)
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Södertörns högskola Institutionen för ekonomi och företagande. Företagsekonomi. (creator_code:org_t)
Stockholms universitet Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten. Företagsekonomiska institutionen. (creator_code:org_t)
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ISBN 978-91-7155-427-7
Stockholm : Företagsekonomiska institutionen, 2007
Engelska 224 s.
Serie: Södertörn doctoral dissertations, 1652-7399 ; 14
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  • Opinions, rankings and evaluations of states’ development are proliferating. In the context of the transformation and EU accession of the Baltic States, there were many organizations involved in the scrutiny of their efforts to become accepted as modern and European. This scrutiny directed towards states can be seen as a new practice of transnational regulation. Especially in times of major transformation, as was the case in the Baltic States after the collapse of the Soviet bloc, monitoring and evaluation of achievements can be expected to shape how reforms were prioritized and how problems were perceived. In order to gain a better understanding of these transformations it is necessary to study the practice of organizations that scrutinize the states.The aim of the thesis is to analyze the role of scrutiny as a practice of transnational regulation. By analyzing how international organizations scrutinize states, this thesis adds knowledge to how transforming states are constructed in the everyday practices of scrutiny. A main argument is that by evaluating and reporting on states, international organizations can be seen as ‘auditors’ of transformations in states. The thesis compares three such ‘auditors’ and their respective relations to the states under scrutiny, namely: the European Commission, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the NGO Transparency International. The thesis contributes to discussions about the role of transnational regulation in the transformation of states. By comparing the three cases of scrutiny it is concluded that scrutiny produces both comfort and critique for and about these transforming states. In addition, through processes of scrutinizing, states are constructed as auditable and comparable. Scrutiny also inscribes states into a story about progress, it thus offers hope about reforms and of a better future.

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Social Sciences Economics and Business
Samhällsvetenskap Ekonomi och näringsliv
Scrutiny
international organizations
transformation
Baltic states
Social Sciences Economics and Business Business Administration
Samhällsvetenskap Ekonomi och näringsliv Företagsekonomi
granskning
stater
europeisering
internationella organisationer
revision
social konstruktion
SOCIAL SCIENCES Business and economics Business studies
SAMHÄLLSVETENSKAP Ekonomi Företagsekonomi
Business Administration
företagsekonomi
scrutiny
audit
construction
progress
transparency
the Baltic States
EU enlargement

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