The EU and Russia in Their 'Contested Neighbourhood': Multiple External Influences, Policy Transfer and Domestic Change, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

The EU and Russia in Their 'Contested Neighbourhood'

Multiple External Influences, Policy Transfer and Domestic Change, 1st Edition

By Laure Delcour


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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.


"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

Table of Contents

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

About the Author

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).

About the Series

Routledge Studies in European Foreign Policy

The European foreign policy series publishes cutting edge work on Europe’s role in global politics. Europe and the EU now face multiple challenges including: a changing power structure within international relations, tensions in transatlantic relations; a new politics of climate change; continuing conflict in the Middle East; assertive Russian action in Ukraine and other countries on the EU’s eastern borders; and the euro’s impact on the EU’s global power.

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

This series addresses 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.

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