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Children’s rights, Eastern enlargement and the EU human rights regime$
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Ingi Iusmen

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780719088223

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719088223.001.0001

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Policy feedback effects

Policy feedback effects

(p.92) 4 Policy feedback effects
Children’s rights, Eastern enlargement and the EU human rights regime

Ingi Iusmen

Manchester University Press

This chapter provides evidence supporting the feedback effects triggered by the Romanian children’s case at the EU level. It is argued that the feedback effects amounted to the introduction of children’s rights as an EU issue in EU internal policy, which generated policy development processes, while in EU enlargement policy, elements of policy continuation have become entrenched. It is demonstrated that EU policy entrepreneurs seized the window of opportunity provide by the Romanian case to introduce children’s rights as an overarching EU policy, developed and implemented particularly as part of the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice. Externally, children’s rights have become a formal EU acquis accession condition and, consequently, a wide spectrum of issues pertaining to children is now strictly monitored in the current candidate countries. The Romanian children’s case, therefore, acted as a catalyst for the establishment of children’s rights, in line with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child principles, as an overarching EU policy sector.

Keywords:   Policy feedback, child rights, UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

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