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Transformation All the Way Down? European Union Integration and the Professional Socialization of Municipal Health Officials in Serbia

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Original languageEnglish
Early online date25 Jul 2019
Accepted/In press11 May 2019
E-pub ahead of print25 Jul 2019

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This article assesses whether different types of exposure to European Union (EU) modes of socializationare associated with differences in attitudes towards corruption by using Serbia as case study. Drawing on a survey of Serbian municipal healthcare officials, the article complements existing research on the impact of EU conditionality on attitudes at the national level, whilst also contributing tounderstanding of the impact of domestic variables on Europeanization. Indeed, the article’s contribution to the wider literature is to interrogatethe premise that in order to deliver substantive reform, attitudes and practices need changing via exposure to EU tutelage and processes. Our datasuggest that the typeof interaction that officials have with the EU and its processes matters.Whilst thoseinvolved in EU harmonisation activities were significantly more critical of clienelist behaviours, there is no significant association between attitudes and doing EU-related daily work or attending EU trainings.

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