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Evaluating the role of partnership in the European Neighbourhood Policy

Korosteleva, Elena (2013) Evaluating the role of partnership in the European Neighbourhood Policy. Eastern Journal of European Studies, 4 (2). 11 -36. ISSN 2068-6633. (KAR id:50248)


After recent enlargements, the EU sought to develop a new strategy that would incentivise rather than compel, in the absence of a membership prospect, the neighbours for reform. The concept of partnership was placed on the agenda as a supplementary tool of EU governance to offset negative externalities of convergence and compliance. However, it has taken the EU three conceptual iterations to finally identify a suitable frame for engagement. This paper posits that the EU is currently at a critical juncture observing an important shift in its modus operandi – away from hierarchical coordination and control, to more networked relations of self-censorship and ownership, designed to operate through a complex matrix of grass-root initiatives to penetrate all levels of society. To make it an effective model for the future external relations, the EU still requires two important elements – institutionalisation of the new governance structure, and learning about ‘the other’, to mobilise partners’ support for reciprocal and sustainable cooperation.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: J Political Science
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
Depositing User: Elena Korosteleva
Date Deposited: 20 Aug 2015 14:25 UTC
Last Modified: 08 Dec 2022 14:41 UTC
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