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Great game or great confusion? The geopolitical understanding of EU-Russia energy relations

Casier, Tom (2016) Great game or great confusion? The geopolitical understanding of EU-Russia energy relations. Geopolitics, 21 (4). pp. 763-778. ISSN 1465-0045. E-ISSN 1557-3028. (doi:10.1080/14650045.2016.1185607) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

This article explains why a considerable part of the International Relations literature frames highly complex energy relations between the EU and Russia in terms of simple, exclusive geopolitical intentions. Drawing on Construal Level Theory, it addresses the gap between immediate interaction between various private and public actors with their own agendas and individual intentionalities and assumed collective geopolitical intentionalities. Because of the degree of abstraction, collective motivations are attributed to actors like Russia and the EU. This attribution risks to be subject to bias. It is argued that higher psychological distance increases the likelihood of more radical and ideologised framing. These abstract schemes do not follow from the endogenous energy dynamics but are function of a broader logic of competition which has characterised EU-Russia relations.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/14650045.2016.1185607
Uncontrolled keywords: Construal Level Theory, geopolitics, EU-Russia relations
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions and public administration (Europe)
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations > Global Europe Centre
Depositing User: Tom Casier
Date Deposited: 13 Nov 2015 12:25 UTC
Last Modified: 27 Jan 2020 16:09 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/51814 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Casier, Tom: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5156-7862
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