Why have the European Union and the Russian Federation encountered severe difficulties in developing their relationship? Why haven’t the parties lived up to the initial promise and enthusiasm of the early 1990s?
Beginning with the immediate aftermath of the dissolution of the Soviet Union, this book provides a practical answer to these questions whilst linking the issues to International Relations theorizing. Taking into account both the role of ideas and power, the book links the topic with three variants of mainstream theorizing: the English School, (neoliberal) institutionalism and constructivism. In the process a multi-causal framework that looks for points of convergence between different paradigms in the study of IR is developed.
Providing an overview, history and explanation of the problems of institutionalization in EU-Russia relations during the post-Cold War era, this book is vital reading for students and scholars of the EU and Russia, European studies, European security and Russian foreign policy. It will also be of major interest to scholars of International Relations theory.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction 2. Theoretical Complementarity and Multi-causal Social Mechanisms in the Study of International Relations 3. Theorising EU–Russia Institutionalised Interaction 4. Multi-method Analysis in a Study of International Institutionalisation 5. Establishing the Baseline: Negotiating the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement 1992–94 6. Comparing the Strategy Documents 7. The Second Chechen War 8. The Four Common Spaces 9. The Northern Dimension 10. Conclusions
'Complex but very well argued, this thought-provoking book discloses a path towards a deeper understanding of the different perspectives of these two crucial actors, making it possible to identify what is likely to be the basis of their future policies and interactions.' - The International Spectator, Vol. 46, No. 1 (March 2011), 160