1st Edition

The EU and Russia in Their 'Contested Neighbourhood' Multiple External Influences, Policy Transfer and Domestic Change

By Laure Delcour Copyright 2017
    180 Pages
    by Routledge

    180 Pages
    by Routledge

    The literature on the European Union influence’s in its Eastern neighbourhood has tended to focus on EU-level policies and prioritize EU-related variables. This book seeks to overcome this EU-centric approach by connecting EU policy transfer to the domestic and regional environment in which it unfolds. It looks at the way in which the EU seeks to influence domestic change in the post-Soviet countries participating in the European Neighbourhood Policy/Eastern Partnership and domestic receptivity to EU policies and templates. It seeks to disentangle the various dynamics behind domestic change (or lack thereof) in Eastern Partnership countries, including EU policy mechanisms, domestic elites’ preferences and strategies, regional interdependences and Russia’s policies. Based upon extensive empirical investigation on EU policies in four countries; Armenia, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine – and in two pivotal policy sectors - the book provides systematic and nuanced understanding of complex forces at work in the policy transfer process.

    This text will be of key interest to scholars and students of international relations, European studies, democratization studies, and East European Politics and area studies, particularly post-Soviet/Eurasian studies.

    1. Introduction

    2. Research Framework

    3. EU Policies in the Post-Soviet Space: EU Rules at the Core of an Open-ended Integration Process

    4. Russia’s (Counter-) Actions in the Post-Soviet space: Power without Influence?

    5. Between Brussels and Moscow: The Manifold Domestic Responses to the EU’s offer

    6. The EU’s Policy Transfer to the Post-Soviet Space in a Context of Rival Trade Integration Frameworks: The Case of Food Safety

    7. The EU’s policy transfer to the post-soviet space in a context of multiple influences: the case of migration

    8. Conclusions


    Laure Delcour is Scientific Coordinator and Senior Research Fellow under the EU-funded FP7 project "Exploring the Security-Democracy Nexus in the Caucasus" (project CASCADE, FMSH, Paris).

    "With this book, Delcour joins the debate on the role of the EU in its relations with European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) countries... Yet, the book innovates this debate, observing the matter from a more homogeneous and comprehensive perspective... In conclusion, the book addresses a widely discussed topic in an original, well structured and exhaustive way. The rational sequencing of the arguments makes the book approachable by non-specialised readers..."

    Giovanni Finarelli Baldassarre, Istituto Aff ari Internazionali (IAI), The International Spectator