For Business, for Pleasure or for Necessity? The Czech Republic's Choices for Europe

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Drawing on scholarly accounts from the study of Western Europe which seek to explain national preference formation in European Union member states, this article explores the factors which shape the Czech Republic's policy preferences at the EU level. It argues that whilst ideology, dependency and powerful economic interest groups have explanatory power, the key to explaining national preference formation in the Czech case lies in vulnerabilities and ( perceived) weakness.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1371-92
Number of pages22
JournalEurope-Asia Studies
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2009