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Russia-EU Relations and the Common Neighborhood, Coercion vs. Authority, Irina Busygina

Russia-EU Relations and the Common Neighborhood, Coercion vs. Authority, Irina Busygina
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references at the end of each chapters and index
index present
Literary Form
non fiction
Main title
Russia-EU Relations and the Common Neighborhood
Nature of contents
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Responsibility statement
Irina Busygina
Series statement
Post-Soviet Politics
Sub title
Coercion vs. Authority
"Examining Russia-EU relations in terms of the forms and types of power tools they use, this book argues that the deteriorating relations between Russia and the EU lie in the deep differences in their preferences for the international status quo. These different approaches, combined with economic interdependence and geographic proximity, means both parties experience significant difficulties in shaping strategy and formulating agendas with regards to each other. The Russian leadership is well aware of the EU's "authority orientation" but fails to reliably predict foreign policy at the EU level, whilst the EU realizes Russia's "coercive orientation" in general, but cannot predict when and where coercive tools will be used next. Russia is gradually realizing the importance of authority, while the EU sees the necessity of coercion tools for coping with certain challenges. The learning process is ongoing but the basic distinction remains unchanged and so their approaches cannot be reconciled as long as both actors exist in their current form.Using a theoretical framework and case studies including Belarus, Georgia and Ukraine, Busygina examines the possibilities and constraints that arise when the "power of authority" and the "power of coercion" interact with each other, and how this interaction affects third parties. "--Provided by publisher
Table Of Contents
chapter Introduction: And yet another book -- chapter 1 Forms of power in international relations -- chapter 2 State- building in Russia and the choice for coercion in external relations -- chapter 3 Multilevel arrangements in EU external relations: Stimulating authority, constraining coercion -- chapter 4 Russia and the EU: From failed authority to mutual coercion -- chapter 5 Russia and the EU: No winners in the common neighborhood -- chapter 6 Belarus: Strangulation in a fraternal embrace -- chapter 7 Georgia: The story of one coercion and two authorities -- chapter 8 Ukraine: The “battlefield” -- chapter 9 Turkey: not- so- terrible coercion, not- so- needed authority