EU Induced Institutional Change in Post-Soviet Space: Promoting Reforms in Moldova and Ukraine, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

EU Induced Institutional Change in Post-Soviet Space

Promoting Reforms in Moldova and Ukraine, 1st Edition

By Ryhor Nizhnikau


228 pages

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This book analyses the role of the European Union in the process of institutional change in its Eastern neighbourhood and explains why EU policies arrive at contradictory outcomes at the sectoral level. Combining EU studies approaches with insights from the fields of new institutionalism, international development studies and transnationalisation, it explains how the EU policies contribute to rule persistence or lead to institutional change.

Highlighting the importance of investigating how the policies of external intervention interact with domestic institutions, the book also provides a coherent presentation of the political and economic problems of Ukraine and Moldova and a comparative analysis in key areas at critical junctures of their development.

This book will be of key interest to scholars and students of European Union politics and more broadly to International Relations, post-Soviet and Russian studies.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. Theorising Institutional Change in the Eastern Neighbourhood

3. Reforming Ukraine: The EU’s Institutional Change in Ukraine’s Migration Sector

4. The EU’s Institutional Change in the Environmental Protection Sector

5. Reforming Moldova: The EU’s Institutional Change in Moldova’s Migration Sector

6. EU-Induced Institutional Change in Moldova’s Environmental Protection Sector

7. EU-Induced Change in the Neighbourhood: Lessons from Ukraine and Moldova

8. Conclusion

About the Author

Ryhor Nizhnikau is Senior Researcher Fellow in the EU’s Neighbourhood and Russia Programme at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs, Finland.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in European Foreign Policy

It is a timely moment to launch a new series on European foreign policy. Europe and the EU now face multiple challenges including: conflict in the Middle East and the rise of radical jihadist groups like Islamic State; assertive Russian action in Ukraine and other countries on the EU’s eastern borders; the strategic ambitions of rising powers; and the euro crisis’ impact on the EU’s global power.

Additionally, the Union’s own internal institutional processes have undergone far-reaching change in recent years and a plethora of new strategies has been introduced covering Asia, trade, counter-terrorism, democracy and human rights, geo-economics, and other regions and topics.

This series will address the standard range of conceptual and theoretical questions related to European foreign policy. At the same time, in response to the intensity of new policy developments, it endeavors to ensure that it also has a topical flavor, addressing the most important and evolving challenges to European foreign policy, in a way that will be relevant to the policy-making and think-tank communities.

Key topics include:

  • The EU’s responses to the emergence of a new geopolitics in the Middle East;

  • European and EU policy towards the east, as it grapples with conflict in Ukraine and instability elsewhere across the region covered by the Eastern Partnership;

  • Europe’s changing engagement with rising powers, and in particular with Asia;

  • Transatlantic relations;

  • The foreign policy impact of the EU’s internal crisis;

  • The new Energy Union, energy security and climate change;

  • Europe’s relationship to its southern neighbours in the Mediterranean and in the Sahel and the Horn of Africa.

If you have an idea for a new book in Routledge Series on Dissent and Crises in World Politics, please send a written proposal to the Series Editors:

Professor Richard G. Whitman is Professor of Politics and International Relations at the University of Kent.

Professor Richard YOUNGS is Professor of International Relations at the University of Warwick and Senior Associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.



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