The EU-Russia Strategic Partnership: Challenging the Normative Argument

Casier, Tom (2013) The EU-Russia Strategic Partnership: Challenging the Normative Argument. Europe-Asia Studies, 65 (7). pp. 1377-1395. ISSN 0966-8136. (doi:10.1080/09668136.2013.824137) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Russia–EU relations have often been presented in terms of a normative gap, with the EU appearing as a normative and Russia as a non-normative actor. This article critically analyses this ‘normative argument’ which sees this gap as the cause of tensions. Pleading for a less dichotomous approach to norms and interests, it challenges the normative argument on the basis of the assumed congruence between the norm-driven input and norm-promoting output of European foreign policy. As an alternative, the article explores how the normative agenda in Eastern Europe serves instrumental purposes. Selective norm promotion has the potential to change the hierarchy of identities among post-Soviet states.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/09668136.2013.824137
Subjects: J Political Science
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
Depositing User: Tom Casier
Date Deposited: 04 Jul 2013 13:22 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 10:21 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/34522 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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